Hasty Heart was first produced by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
at the Hudson Theater, New York City, on January 3, 1945. The entire
action takes place in a convales- cence ward of a British general
hospital in the rear of the Assam-Burma front. Drawn from the author's
own experiences serving in an ambulance unit in World War II, ''The
Hasty Heart'' is not about war but about people brought together in
wartime. The characters are comradely patients in a ward in a hospital
in Burma who are confronted with a lonely outsider in their midst.
In war- movie tradition, the patients are cast, and even named, according
to type and national background - Yank, Tommy, Kiwi. But within his
chosen formula, Mr. Patrick has a moving, personal story to tell.
Written by John Patrick