Ronald Reagan Appears as Yank in "The Hasty Heart"

The Hasty Heart (1949) is a melodramatic film which tells the story of a group of wounded Allied soldiers during World War II who rally around a surly, unappreciative Scotsman when they find out he is dying.

The film stars Ronald Reagan as the American, Patricia Neal as the harried nurse, Richard Todd as the Scotsman, Anthony Nicholls as the hospital commander, Howard Marion-Crawford as the British soldier, John Sherman as the Australian, and Orlando Martins as the African.

The film was adapted by Ranald MacDougall from the play by John Patrick. It was directed by Vincent Sherman.

Richard Todd was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The Hasty Heart was remade for television in 1983. It starred Jesse Ferguson, Gregory Harrison, Perry King and Cheryl Ladd.

Film location

Westertimke POW camp, liberated 28.4.1944 by 21st Anti Tank Regmt. (War Diaries)

Richard Todd plays an insufferable Scots soldier confined to a World War II military hospital. Ronald Reagan is an all-American patient who befriends the headstrong Scotsman, while Patricia Neal is the compassionate nurse. Gradually the patients grow begrudgingly fond of Todd, and when it is learned that he is suffering from a fatal illness, everyone involved tries to keep his true condition a secret from him. Todd inadvertently discovers the truth, and violently turns against his new buddies.