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Battle Zone (1952)

Approved | | War | 26 October 1952 (USA)
Danny, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, re-enlists when the Korean War breaks out. He joins a Marine motion picture unit specializing in combat footage. There he re-encounters Mitch,... See full summary »

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Corp. Andy Sayer
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Danny, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, re-enlists when the Korean War breaks out. He joins a Marine motion picture unit specializing in combat footage. There he re-encounters Mitch, a former pal, and discovers that Mitch is now engaged to the girl Danny left behind in Rome during the previous war. A rivalry develops between Danny and Mitch that spills over onto the battlefield. A secret mission behind North Korean lines brings their rivalry to the boiling point. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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SHE HAD THOSE INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARIES THE MARINES LOVE TO FIGHT OVER! (original print ad - all caps)

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Schlachtzone Pazifik  »

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6 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

John Hodiak and Stephen McNally star as a pair of Marine combat photographers who are sent to Korea and the war seems just a big old bit of hijinks for them. McNally stayed in the corps and is now a sergeant. But Hodiak left after World War II and re-enlisted. But before that made sure he came back in as a sergeant with one more rocker on his sleeve. That is a bone of contention between him and McNally, but it's far from the only one.

They're also rivals over an Italian nurse they met in World War II, Linda Christian. Now I'm not aware of any Marines in the Italian theater in World War II, but this is a B film from Allied Artists. These two keep trying to top themselves to impress her.

The climax is when the two and their unit get stuck behind the lines and get some great footage the better when Matt Ridgeway starts retaking territory. It's all on the GI Joe level of combat.

I wasn't expecting much and was not disappointed with Battle Zone.


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