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Wartime drama about an idealistic young UN official (Ann Blyth) who finds out about the horrors of war when she falls in love with Colonel Steve Janowski (Robert Mitchum), the officer in charge of evacuating citizens from Korea. Written by
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The U.S. Army and Department of Defense had objected to a particular sequence in the film, namely where Col. Steve Janowski orders an artillery strike ahead of the Korean refugee column. RKO refused to remove the offending scene. See more »
When the Col is standing in the hall in his underwear, he is wearing bright white boxers. At that time, close enough to WWII, the Army never issued white underwear. They issued brown or khaki. While officers were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms, they still had to conform to the same colors. And even if regulations had slacked by this point in time, it is probable that officers would have taken advantage of low prices and bought khaki underwear and socks at the base PX. See more »
Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a small detachment of American troops stationed in South Korea at the Outbreak of hostilities and their efforts to stem the surge of enemy aggression until the full force of British, American and other United Nations forces could be brought into action. See more »
Why did no one mention this film during the controversy about No Gun Ri?
In 1999 there was a big to-do about a supposed atrocity during the Korean War, the strafing of civilians fleeing fighting during the initial push by the North Koreans down the Korean peninsula at No Gun Ri. It turned out that the main eyewitness for the story was a liar who was not even in in-country in 1950. The fuss would have been no surprise to viewers of this movie. Here it was artillery fire rather than air attack that caused civilian casualties, but the situation was basically the same. The film depicts the sad necessity of firing on a column of refugees, driven at gunpoint by communist soldiers hidden among them in civilian clothes, who were trying to get past U.N. lines. The blame in the movie is clearly on the commies, but there is no attempt to gloss over the ugly necessities of war. This movie was the first time I ever heard the phrase "Fire for Effect", a phrase I was to utter myself frequently years later as an artillery officer in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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