Top critical review
Both buddy picture and psychological study although not in depth
on 13 March 2015
Worth seeing. Almost theatrical in form since almost all acting is taking place in an army infirmary (when peace is declared after World War II, in Burma). Ronald Reagan shows he was a good actor, but not really excellent. The surprise is actor Richard Todd who received an Oscar nomination for this performance. The film is about corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan, an injured Scottish soldier (Richard Todd), and how he reacts to being kept in the infirmary while other soldiers are sent home. He is a loner having trouble trusting other people, giving the other soldiers a hard time when they try to be nice to him. They try to be nice because they are told that "Lachie" is going to die in spite of a successful operation. "Lachie" himself believes he is well and thus becomes angry and suspicious because the doctor keeps him in the infirmary.