An early film (1951) by Sam Fuller. Although the base sentiments are conventional, it has Fuller’s characteristically relentless rhythm—the step-by-step progression toward an extreme, elemental situation. The officers of a platoon, caught behind enemy lines in the early days of the Korean war, are cut down one by one, until the chain of command comes to a reluctant, unsure corporal. With Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O’Shea, and an uncredited James Dean.