The John Patrick play has grown in range of feeling on the screen, although the essentials of the legit staging have not been changed.Its background is the Second World War and the setting is an army hospital in Burma, in a ward where six assorted soldiers sweat out their injuries while awaiting shipment home.
Notable is the performance of Richard Todd in the role of the Scot who must die. Todd comes over with a performance that is star calibre in every facet.
Ronald Reagan plays the Yank with the exact amount of gusto such a character should have in a British outpost hospital. Patricia Neal gives feeling to her role as the nurse.
Vincent Sherman directed the production in England. Ranald MacDougall’s scripting is wise to the humaness that marked the play and the tremendous heart that backgrounds the telling.
1949: Nomination: Best Actor (Richard Todd)