The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 15, 1945

The Hasty Heart (by John Patrick; produced by Howard Lindsay and Russel Grouse) adds up—or rather, whittles down —to a very interesting evening. In sterner and more skillful hands, this tale of the thawing out of a man who locked the bitter herbs of loneliness in the ice of pride could have been an impressive play.

Brought into a convalescent ward behind the Assam-Burma front, a surly, arrogant young Scots sergeant named Lachlen (Richard Basehart) does not know he has only a few weeks to live. His ward mates and the ward nurse (Anne Burr) do, and they put up with his...

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