Retreat, Hell!

Retreat, Hell!

Joseph H Lewis (1952)

94min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Best known for cult thriller Gun Crazy, B-movie director Joseph H Lewis here turns in a conventional combat movie set during the Korean War. All the character clichés are firmly in place - the heroic commanding officer (Frank Lovejoy), the reservist worried about the wife and kids he has left behind (Richard Carlson), the fresh young recruit (Russ Tamblyn) - but some of the battle scenes are well done. Produced while the Korean War was actually being fought, this was one of Lewis's few movies backed by a major company, and it isn't a patch on his lower-budget ventures.

Summary

US Marines have to battle their way through a frozen mountain pass despite dwindling supplies and continual enemy attacks. Korean War drama, made while the conflict was still raging, starring Frank Lovejoy, Anita Louise, Richard Carlson and Russ Tamblyn.

Cast & Crew

Lt Col Steve L Corbett Frank Lovejoy
Ruth Hansen Anita Louise
Capt Paul Hansen Richard Carlson
Jimmy W McDermid Russ Tamblyn
Sgt Novak Nedrick Young
Capt `Tink' O'Grady Lamont Johnson
Shorty Devine Robert Ellis
Andy Smith Paul Smith
Director Joseph H Lewis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Drama