Skip to comments.On TCM Tuesday Afternoon: Ronald Reagan In "The Hasty Heart"
Posted on 06/25/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT by opineapple
Tuesday, June, 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM (ET)
Starring Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Richard Todd
A patient and a nurse comfort a dying Scottish soldier in World War II Burma.
It was perhaps Reagan’s best movie, not at all maudlin but still just too sad for me.
When the play debuted in London Todd had the part of Yank and had to mimic a midwest accent. In the movie the first choice for the Scot was Gordon Jackson, but the producers liked Todd’s stage performance as Yank, but needed an American name for the US audience so he became the Scot. And you’re right about Reagan’s work in the film. Haven’t seen it for a long time so maybe I’ll give it some time.For all his liberal insanity, I have to thank Turner for TCM.
One interesting thing about Todd is something I saw here on FR.
He is probably the only actor who portrayed a guy who meets his real self in the movie. It was a D-Day movie. Todd was in fact a real WWII hero.
He was in a lot of movies during the 1950s and was always good. My favorite was another one where he played a Scot, “A Man Called Peter”.
I just realized that I do not get TCM.