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Retreat, Hell! Details


Retreat, Hell! is out of favor with most disciples of director Joseph H. Lewis, partly because it was a major-studio release, whereas Lewis' cult classics were made on shoestring budgets for independent producers. Despite this "handicap," Retreat, Hell! holds up beautifully when seen today. The faintly scatological title is based on a defiant quote from General Oliver P. Smith, which gained fame during the Korean War. Frank Lovejoy stars as Marine Batallion Commander Steve Corbett, whose men valiantly fight their way towards the Changjin Reservoir, then just as valiantly fight their way back to their own lines. The film's dramatic conflict is in the hands of Richard Carlson, cast as reservist Captain Paul Hanson, who is forced to leave hearth and home when his country calls upon him. Others in the cast include Russ Tamblyn in his first "adult" role, future-director Lamont Johnson, and real-life war hero Peter Ornitz. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Frank Lovejoy
as Capt. Steve Corbett
Richard Carlson
as Paul Hansen
Russ Tamblyn
as Jimmy McDermid
Anita Louise
as Ruth Hansen
Ned Young
as Sgt. Novak
Lamont Johnson
as Capt. O'Grady
Paul L. Smith
as Andy Smith
Peter Ortiz
as Maj. Knox
Dorothy Patrick
as Eve O'Grady


Joseph H. Lewis
Milton Sperling
Milton Sperling
Ted Sherdeman
William Lava
Composer (Music Score)
Folmar Blangsted