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One Minute to Zero (1952)

Approved | | Drama , War | August 1952 (USA)
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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Tay Garnett
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Col. Steve Janowski
Ann Blyth ... Mrs. Linda Day
William Talman ... Col. John Parker
Charles McGraw ... Sfc. Baker
Margaret Sheridan ... Mary Parker
Richard Egan ... Capt. Ralston
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Gustav Engstrand
Robert Osterloh ... Maj. Davis
Robert Gist ... Maj. Carter
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Storyline

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 <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Back of every man of action ... there's a woman made for love ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation O See more »

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Budget:

$2,181,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At about Minute 16, the fighter pilots say good-bye to their wives before the mission. One says, "Ralph always comes back!" While bombing and strafing the NKs attacking Colonel Janowsky, Ralph is shot down. A moment later, Janowsky is hit. After being taken by prop plane to the hospital, getting treated, likely for many days, becoming ambulatory, and leaving with Mrs. Day, at about minute 48, they see the pilots' wives watch their husbands come back, except for Ralph. They should have returned within an hour or two, not the days it took for Janowsky to recover. 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 »

Soundtracks

When I Fall in Love
(uncredited)
Written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman
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13 March 2000 | by Wanda SkutnikSee all my reviews

Robert Mitchum is at his masculine best (what other way has he ever been?) in this movie. Boy, do those shoulders seem massive when crushing little Ann Blyth with his kisses. Study her face. She's just exquisite. Who cares about the War. The Romance is the thing.


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