Retreat, Hell! (1952) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.5/ 10 (155 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
United States Pictures [us]
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (presents)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 19 February 1952
(Sweden) - 6 October 1952
(Denmark) - 10 November 1952
(Finland) - 23 January 1953
(West Germany) - 1 May 1959

Running Time

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

chinese, inchon, korea, korean-war, marine, retreat, seoul-korea, winter,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1

Related Pictures

See Retreat, Hell! Pictures

Full Cast

  1. Bradford, John (V) as (uncredited) [Radio Operator]
  2. Cabanne, William as (uncredited) [Boxum]
  3. Carlson, Richard (I) as [Capt. Paul Hansen] <2>
  4. Daley, Jack as (uncredited) [Doctor]
  5. Datig Jr., Fred as (uncredited) [Marine]
  6. Ellis, Robert (II) as [Shorty Devine] <7>
  7. Evans, Douglas (I) as (uncredited) [Big Boy]
  8. Hedloe, John as (uncredited) [Corpsman]
  9. Johnson, Lamont (I) as [Capt. 'Tink' O'Grady] <6>
  10. Keane, Joseph (I) as [Lt. Ortiz] <12>
  11. Lee, Monte as (uncredited) [Slav Conductor]
  12. Lovejoy, Frank as [Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett] <1>
  13. Lytton, Herbert as (uncredited) [Major]
  14. Negley, Howard as (uncredited) [Army General]
  15. Ortiz, Peter as [Maj. Knox] <9>
  16. Reeves, Richard (I) as (uncredited) [Recruiting Sergeant]
  17. Seragnoli, Oreste as (uncredited) [Priest]
  18. Smith, Paul (I) as [Andy Smith] <8>
  19. Song, Owen as (uncredited) [South Korean]
  20. Tamblyn, Russ as (as Rusty Tamblyn) [Jimmy W. McDermid] <4>
  21. Thompson, Morton C. as [Capt. K,yser] <11>
  22. Williams, Mack (I) as (uncredited) [Marine General]
  23. Young, Nedrick as (as Ned Young) [Sgt. Novak] <5>
  24. Chung, Sue Fawn (I) as (uncredited) [Child]
  25. Louise, Anita as [Ruth Hansen] <3>
  26. Patrick, Dorothy as [Eve O'Grady] <10>


  1. Drama
  2. War

Full Plot

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. Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Copyright MCMLII by United States Pictures Inc.

Movie Certificate

Approved (USA)(MPAA rating: certificate #15563)
16 (West Germany)(f)
K-16 (Finland)
15 (Sweden)

Music Composers

  1. Lava, William


  1. Lynch, Warren (I) (director of photography)


Olive Films [us] - (2012) (Canada) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Olive Films [us] - (2012) (USA) (DVD) (DVD)
Republic Pictures Home Video [us] - (1989) (USA) (VHS)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1952) (USA) (theatrical) (distributed by) (as Warner Bros.)
Warner Bros. [de] - (1959) (West Germany) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Blangsted, Folmar


  1. Read, Benjamin S. (technical adviser) (as Capt. Benjamin S. Read. USMC)


Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett: Retreat hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction.

Other Titles

  1. Feuerschutz für Stoßtrupp Berta (1952) (ENG)

  2. Feuerschutz für Stoßtrupp Berta (1959) (ENG)
    (West Germany) (imdb display title)

  3. Valanga gialla (1952) (ENG)

  4. We Came Out Fighting (1952) (ENG)
    (USA) (alternative title)

  5. You Can't Stop the Marines (1952) (ENG)
    (USA) (alternative title)

  6. Valanga gialla (1952) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, Oceanside, California, USA


- 'Paul Picerni' (qv) was originally cast as Capt. O'Grady and shot some scenes, but Warner Bros. decided it wanted him in the 'Errol Flynn (I)' (qv) actioner _Mara Maru (1952)_ (qv) instead and replaced him on this picture with 'Lamont Johnson (I)' (qv).

- 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) intended to appear in this film prior to filming _The Quiet Man (1952)_ (qv), but was unable to work it into his schedule.

- When asked if they were retreating, 'Frank Lovejoy' (qv)'s character, Lt. Col Steve Corbett, says, "Retreat, hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction." This was actually said by Maj. Gen. 'O.P. Smith' (qv), who was Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.