The Hasty Heart (1949) starring Richard Todd, Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal
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Cast of characters in The Hasty Heart
- Yank (Ronald Reagan, Knute Rockne All American) – the American, who has some antipathy towards Scots, due to his harsh Scottish grandfather. A very enjoyable performance.
- Sister Parker (Patricia Neal, The Day the Earth Stood Still) – the nurse in charge of the men, compassionate and kind. She tells them of Lachie’s condition and looks out for him. A fine performance by a very good actress.
- Lachie (Richard Todd, A Man Called Peter) – the dour Scot, who’s had a hard life and protects himself from being hurt by projecting a harsh exterior. A kind, lonely, man who desperately needs friends. An excellent performance.
- Lt. Col. Dunn (Anthony Nicholls, The Omen) – commanding officer. A minor, but important, role.
- Tommy (Howard Marion-Crawford, Lawrence of Arabia) – Bearded Englishman, a likeable fellow.
- Kiwi (Ralph Michael, A Night to Remember) – A pudgy New Zealander, very likeable – who wants to win a bet about what’s under Lachie’s kilt.
- Blossom (Orlando Martins, The Nun’s Story) – a nice, likeable soldier who neither speaks nor understands English. A point that becomes crucial.
Editorial review of The Hasty Heart courtesy of Amazon.com
Ronald Reagan’s career cooled after the Second World War, and he plays a second lead in 1949’s The Hasty Heart, an adaptation of a hit play. Set in a military hospital in Burma just after the war, the story hinges on a group of patients concealing a fatal prognosis from an ailing Scotsman (Richard Todd). The creaking of the play is all too apparent, although Todd’s performance is expert. Patricia Neal, still new to movies, plays the nurse in charge. Reagan gets to display his photographic memory by reeling off the books of the Old Testament by rote. –Robert Horton