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Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  December 1951 (USA)
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The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

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The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

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Baionetas Caladas  »

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This film's opening prologue states: "This is the story of American troops in Korea early in 1951. It is dedicated to the Queen of Battles--the United States Infantry. We give our grateful thanks to the Department of the Army for its encouragement, advice, and active cooperation in the preparation and production of this picture". See more »

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The movie takes place in Korea during the winter, with freezing temperatures, but the soldiers' breath is never exposed to the cold air, confirming that the film's entire outside shooting was studio bound. See more »

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Indiana
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Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Sung by a chorus when the troops are first pulling out
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"Nothing's Dirtier Than a Rear Guard Action"
5 March 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Made with a competent cast of B film actors, Fixed Bayonets is the story of a platoon of 48 men of whom very few survive as they cover the retreat of an American Division in Korea. One movie legend made a brief appearance here, but if you blink you'll miss James Dean as one of the soldiers.

Richard Basehart is the lead here who's a corporal and quite worried that if the people above him don't make it the nine days they're asked to hold a strategic pass responsibility will pass to him. It maybe Basehart's best big screen role.

Another actor making his personal best in his career is Gene Evans as the sergeant ranked right above Basehart. If I was in a war situation, Evans is the kind of sergeant I'd like to be in a foxhole with.

Some of the usual war film stereotypes are here. But director Samuel Fuller, who knew a thing or two about combat, got great performances from his cast. No false heroics here, just guys stuck with a very dirty job covering a retreat after the Chinese Communists enter the Korean War.

For war film fans, an absolute must.


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