Monday, April 28, 2014

First Nigerian Hollywood Star Orlando Martins with Ronald Reagan in the The Hasty Heart

Orlando Martins (1899–1985) who acted in "Sanders of the River" the 1935 British film directed by Hungarian-British director, Zoltán Korda is Nigeria's first Hollywood star and recognized as one of England's most prominent and leading black actors and in a poll conducted in 1947, he was listed among England's top 15 favorite actors and that is not a small achievement even today.

Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Howard Marion-Crawford, Orlando Martins, Ralph Michael, Alfie Bass, Gezählte Stunden and others in "The Hasty Heart".

Orlando Martins acted with actors who later became Presidents of their countries such as Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004), the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) in The Hasty Heart a 1949 Anglo-American co-production directed by Vincent Sherman, playing "Blossom" the African soldier in Burma and played the role of "Klova" with Jomo Kenyatta (1889 – 22 August 1978) in "Sanders of the River".
Jomo Kenyatta served as Prime Minister (1963–64) and then as President (1964–78) of Kenya and lionized as the founding father of the Kenyan nation.

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Runtime: 102 min
Director:Vincent Sherman

Description: The Hasty Heart is set in a WW II convalescent ward of a British General Hospital in the rear of the Assam-Burma. It revolves around Lachlen (Richard Todd), a bitter and arrogant Scottish sergeant, who is initially unaware that he is dying. During the course of the film, he slowly responds to the other men from different cultures among them Ronald Reagan as Yank.

The ward is attended by Sister Margaret played by Patricia Neal, who balances the atmosphere of healing and depression with ethics and optimism. As the men slowly break through this very lonely man's wall of loneliness, we, like them, become more empathetic toward him as he learns the value of friendship in the final days of his life.

Ronald Reagan... Yank
Patricia Neal... Sister Parker
Richard Todd... Cpl. Lachlan 'Lachie' MacLachlan
Anthony Nicholls... Lieutenant Colonel Dunn
Howard Marion-Crawford... Tommy (as Howard Crawford)
Ralph Michael... Kiwi
John Sherman... Digger
Alfie Bass... Orderly (as Alfred Bass)
Orlando Martins... Blossom


Year Film Role
1935 Sanders of the River Klova
1945 The Man from Morocco Jeremiah
1946 Men of Two Worlds Magole
1947 The End of the River Harrigan
1949 The Hasty Heart Blossom
1954 West of Zanzibar M'Kwongi
1955 Simba Headman
1956 Safari Jerusalem
1957 Abandon Ship Sam Holly
1957 Tarzan and the Lost Safari Chief Ogonooro
1958 The Naked Earth Tall Bearer
1959 Sapphire Barman
1959 The Nuns Story Kalulu
1960 Killers of Kilimajaro Chief Chief
1963 Call me Bwana Chief Tribal Chief
1965 Mister Moses Chief Chief
1965 A Boy Ten Feet Tall Abu Lubaba
1973 Kongi's Harvest Dr. Gbenga

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