One Minute to Zero (1952)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  August 1952 (USA)
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During the early days of the Korean War, U.S. Army colonel Steve Janowski is one of the military advisers training the South Korean army and he's tasked with evacuating American civilians from the war zone.


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Complete credited cast:
Col. Steve Janowski
Mrs. Linda Day
Col. John Parker
Sfc. Baker
Margaret Sheridan ...
Mary Parker
Capt. Ralston
Dr. Gustav Engstrand
Robert Osterloh ...
Maj. Davis
Robert Gist ...
Maj. Carter


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 Jonathan Broxton <>

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Release Date:

August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operation O  »

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$2,181,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The main theme by Victor Young is occasionally whistled by Robert Mitchum in the movie and was published as "When I Fall in Love" with lyrics by Edward Heyman. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it, though the original hit version was the Doris Day recording issued in 1952. Another version was recorded by Nat 'King' Cole in 1956 on the Capitol LP, "Love Is the Thing". The single was released in the UK in 1957 and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Cole also sang it in Istanbul (1957) and he is the singer now most closely associated with the song. See more »


During an attack on enemy ground targets by American jets, witnessed by the main American characters, one jet is shot down. As it dives downwards, an explosion meant to represent the moment the plane hits the ground, takes place underneath it before it actually does so. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


When I Fall in Love
Written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman
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Why did no one mention this film during the controversy about No Gun Ri?
3 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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