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Retreat, Hell! (1952)

Approved | | Drama, War | 6 October 1952 (Sweden)
The saga of a battalion of U.S. Marines during the Korean War, starting with their training, landing at Inchon in 1950, advance into North Korea and their subsequent retreat back to the 38th parallel.

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Milton Sperling (screenplay), Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Lovejoy ... Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett
Richard Carlson ... Capt. Paul Hansen
Anita Louise ... Ruth Hansen
Russ Tamblyn ... Jimmy W. McDermid (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Nedrick Young ... Sgt. Novak (as Ned Young)
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... Capt. 'Tink' O'Grady
Robert Ellis ... Shorty Devine
Paul Smith ... Andy Smith
Peter Ortiz Peter Ortiz ... Maj. Knox
Dorothy Patrick ... Eve O'Grady
Morton C. Thompson Morton C. Thompson ... Capt. Kyser
Joseph Keane Joseph Keane ... Lt. Ortiz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudy Albachten Rudy Albachten ... Man on Supply Truck
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

6 October 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

We Came Out Fighting See more »

Filming Locations:

Oceanside, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

United States Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Just before 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

When Capatin Hansen's company enters a town soon after coming ashore, they are fired on by a machine gun crew hidden in a building. The Marines immediately take cover, but Hansen gives no orders to his men for almost five minutes. In an actual situation, the officer in charge would immediately have begun issuing orders for his troops to eliminate the enemy position. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett: Retreat hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction.
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An insomniac's delight
2 September 1999 | by Henry-59See all my reviews

The local Fox channel in Los Angeles must have harbored a cell of fans of Retreat, Hell!, because it seemed as if they showed this film at least once a month in the hours between 2 and 5 a.m. I was hooked after one viewing, although I know I came in somewhere in the middle; it was some time before my erratic sleep patterns fell into synch with the program schedule. I can't recommend it too highly--it is a tribute to all cliches of all war movies to that date, without the distraction created by interesting characters, plot or technical skill. Watch it again and again and you'll understand.


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