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Retreat, Hell! (1952)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  6 October 1952 (Sweden)
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During the Korean War, a U.S. Marine battalion must fight its way out of a frozen mountain pass despite diminishing supplies, freezing temperatures and constant attacks by overwhelming ... See full summary »

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Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett
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Capt. Paul Hansen
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Jimmy W. McDermid (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Nedrick Young ...
Sgt. Novak (as Ned Young)
Lamont Johnson ...
Capt. 'Tink' O'Grady
Robert Ellis ...
Shorty Devine
Paul Smith ...
Andy Smith
Peter Ortiz ...
Maj. Knox
Dorothy Patrick ...
Eve O'Grady
Morton C. Thompson ...
Capt. K,yser
Joseph Keane ...
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During the Korean War, a U.S. Marine battalion must fight its way out of a frozen mountain pass despite diminishing supplies, freezing temperatures and constant attacks by overwhelming numbers of Chinese soldiers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A bunch of husky guys in battle-green who showed the world you can't stop a Marine.

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We Came Out Fighting  »

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When the movie premiered in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952, local radio stations decided the film's title was tasteless and offensive. So instead, advertisements informed listeners that a new war film, "Retreat, Heck!" would be opening soon. See more »

Goofs

In several dubbed-in film clips of actual aerial combat, Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers are seen attacking the enemy. The Dauntless was obsolete by the time of the Korean War, and none were used in combat during that conflict. These film clips would have been taken during World War II. See more »

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Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett: Retreat hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction.
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18 November 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Much of the footage of the fighting in and around Seoul and near the Chosin Reservoir came from actual Marine Corps combat photographers (this was l-o-n-g before embedded reporters!). The "sensitive, caring" company commander (Richard Carlson) was a Marine reservist and veteran of WW II who was called back for Korea -- and carried some resentment of the recall with him. The comment "Retreat, hell, we're just attacking in another direction" has been variously attributed to 1st Marine Division Commander Major General Oliver P. Smith or to regimental commander Colonel (later LtGen) Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. Douglas MacArthur spent most of his involvement in the Korean War in his Far East headquarters in Japan. The battalion executive officer in the movie, "Major Knox," was played by Peter Ortiz (a Ford favorite who appeared in What Price Glory and Rio Grande, both times wearing an eye patch), who was a real-life WW II Marine hero with the O.S.S. in France.


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