The Hasty Heart (1949)

“I’ve come to the conclusion the world would be a healthier place if more people were sick” – Lachie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Among a group of soldiers in a medical camp in Burma in the waning days of World war II is a severely wounded Scottish soldier who only wants to get back home.

My Take on it – Here is another film that I knew nothing about before watching it and was extremely surprised at how good it was.

This film has a story that starts off being just ok and then it gets better and better as things move forward.

The premise is filled with messages dealing with trust, friendship and camaraderie and they were really well throughout the film.

I’ve only seen one other film starring Ronald Reagan, but he is great in this film along with Patricia Neal who is quite effective as the nurse trying to help these soldiers heal their wounds.

Richard Todd in the lead role shines throughout and this character gives him so much emotional range to show us.

I am not at all surprised that he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for this performance.

They do an excellent job depicting the way that the allied forces in Southeastern Asia were quite universal by giving us characters from various nationalities all thrown together in this medical camp yet still allowing them to form close friendships and bonds despite this.

Bottom Line – Great film that gets better and better as things move along. The story is filled with messages about trust and friendship and works really well. Reagan and Neal are great here, but Todd really shines in the lead role and was deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Actor for this role. Love the way that they depict the allied forces as very universal by giving us characters from various nationalities because it helps with the idea of forming such a tight-knit group even with diverse backgrounds. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first successful use of a hemodialysis machine was in 1945 – the year of this film. The first successful kidney transplant occurred in 1954. Peritoneal dialysis was not in widespread use until the 1960’s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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