Retreat, Hell! (1952)

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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.



  • Anita Louise and Frank Lovejoy in Retreat, Hell! (1952)
  • Richard Carlson and Anita Louise in Retreat, Hell! (1952)
  • Richard Carlson and Anita Louise in Retreat, Hell! (1952)
  • Richard Carlson and Anita Louise in Retreat, Hell! (1952)
  • Richard Carlson, Anita Louise, Frank Lovejoy, and Russ Tamblyn in Retreat, Hell! (1952)
  • Richard Carlson, Frank Lovejoy, and Russ Tamblyn in Retreat, Hell! (1952)

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30 May 2009 | Spikeopath
| Ooh, I stumbled on another Korean War movie.
We are in the Korean War, and a U.S. Marine battalion are desperately trying to get thru a snow laden mountain pass before the better equipped enemy kill them all. With their own supplies running out and many of the Marine's losing their belief systems, it's likely that death or glory are the only options.

Film's set during the Korean War are few and far between, it's almost as if it's an overlooked cinema topic in many ways. Pork Chop Hill and MASH aside, you would be hard pressed to name half a dozen films set in and around what has become the forgotten war. Now Retreat, Hell! is nothing to greatly shout about, and certainly it isn't fit to lace up the shiny boots of Gregory Peck's pork chop sizzler (sorry for that). It's however one of those films that you can stumble on with no expectation and enjoy purely on an interesting scale. Riddled with clichés and serving only to achieve its aim of bravado flag waving heroics, it carries a little emotional weight (soldiers insecurities and fears) and molds nicely the mounting tension (the wait for attack is itchy) with its competently handled gun fire. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis (7th Cavalry & The Big Combo) and starring Frank Lovejoy (In a Lonely Place & House of Wax) Richard Carlson (The Ghost Breakers & King Solomon's Mines) and a young and bouncy Russ Tamblyn (Tom Thumb & West Side Story). Retreat, Hell! wont have you hankering for another visit some time in the future, but hopefully, just like me, you will be glad that you at least gave it the time of day. 6/10

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Release Date:

6 October 1952


English, Korean

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Filming Locations

Oceanside, California, USA

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