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Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | December 1951 (USA)
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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Sgt. Rock
Sgt. Lonergan
Medic John Wheeler
Lt. Gibbs


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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Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

December 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baionetas Caladas  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The production had difficulties in casting extras for the opening retreat sequence. A production assistant located some dancers in a musical and they were able to be fitted out in costumes for the opener. Director Samuel Fuller had them feign battle weariness by stacking their military packs and uniforms with weights. See more »


Most of the movie appears to be filmed on a large stage, with murals of mountains in the background for effect. This is apparent by the movie's closed-in acoustic sounds, inconsistent shadows, no moving clouds, and no movement of bushes or tree leaves, even when wind can be heard. See more »


Cpl. Denno: Some men are afraid of high places. Some are afraid of water. And some are afraid of being responsible for the death of a lot of other guys.
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Featured in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »


Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Sung by a chorus when the troops are first pulling out
Played occasionally in the score
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A tight, straight-to-the-point war movie without fluff or melodrama
28 August 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Fixed Bayonets completes director Samuel Fuller's one-two of 1951 movies about the Korean War, the other being the equally (maybe even slightly better) gritty and gripping The Steel Helmet. For those unfamiliar with Fuller's style, let's just say it is as far removed as possible from what Hollywood passes for war movies the past 20 years. No sentimentality and schmaltz here, just a straight-forward and fine-tuned soldier movie, from the boys, for the boys.

Fuller, a war veteran himself, takes a no-frills, realistic approach. With a tight script that weaves themes of courage and confronting one's fears into superb suspense and action scenes that have stood the test of time admirably, Fixed Bayonets does exactly what it says on the cover. The miniature work is decent enough and the studio backlot that passes for the Korean mountains completes the illusion without distractions. It's still a low-budget b-movie but it's holding well at the seams. The acting is all-around solid with Gene Evans once again stealing the show as the gruffy, no-nonsense Sgt. Rock.

Having worked as a journalist for New York newspapers in his younger years, Fuller understands the importance of story above all. Sure, he's not exactly the epitome of subtle - the inner monologues for example should have been avoided altogether. But I'm willing to ignore that because his movies have a sense of urgency and conviction that is hard to find: he's a man with a story to tell, he grabs you by the shoulder and says "this is how it happened, now watch this". And "this" is not about the politics or dramatization of war but war itself, men killing other men in some snowy hills in the middle of nowhere.

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