The Hasty Heart

The Hasty Heart

Vincent Sherman (1949)

U Certificate


Our Score
In transferring John Patrick's hit play to the screen, Vincent Sherman here remains faithful to the text, but neglects his duty as a film director by failing to challenge the eye as well as the ear. In an overblown but Oscar-nominated turn, Richard Todd dominates the action as a self-pitying Scot who makes life unbearable for his fellow patients in a Burmese field hospital. Patricia Neal also overdoes her angel of mercy act (although to a much lesser degree), but there is the compensation of seeing Ronald Reagan give one of his best performances as a level-headed Yank.


A belligerent Scottish soldier is hospitalised in Burma and takes out his anger on a fellow patient, unaware he has only weeks to live. Drama, starring Richard Todd, Patricia Neal, Ronald Reagan, Orlando Martins and Anthony Nicholls.

Cast & Crew

Cpl Lachlan McLachlan Richard Todd
Yank Ronald Reagan
Sister Margaret Patricia Neal
Blossom Orlando Martins
Lt Col Dunn Anthony Nicholls
Tommy Howard Marion-Crawford
Kiwi Ralph Michael
Digger John Sherman
Director Vincent Sherman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: video and DVD