Best War Movies of 1952

1.

The Sound Barrier

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Starring: Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin, Dinah Sheridan, Joseph Tomelty, Denholm Elliott, Jack Allen, Ralph Michael, Leslie Phillips ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1952-10-10
Best War Movies of 1952 : The Four Poster
2.

The Four Poster

3.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Jan de Hartog's two-person stage play The Fourposter has always seemed to attract married acting couples, a tradition established by the play's first Broadway stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. The film version featured Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer, who (you guessed it) were man and wife at the time. The story traces the history of a marriage from the wedding night in 1890 to the death of the wife in the 1930s; all crucial scenes are acted out in the couple's boudoir, near the fourposter bed they'd received as a wedding present. The passing years, and the triumphs and tragedies of the couple, are wittily represented by transitional animation sequences produced by the UPA cartoon studios. A musical version of The Fourposter titled I Do I Do opened on Broadway in 1966, breaking precedent by starring Mary Martin and Robert Preston, who were happily married but not to each other.

Starring: Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1952-10-08
3.

Springfield Rifle

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Major Lex Kearney, dishonourably discharged from the army for cowardice in battle, volunteers to go undercover to try to prevent raids against shipments of horses desperately needed for the Union war effort. Falling in with the gang of jayhawkers and Confederate soldiers who have been conducting the raids, he gradually gains their trust and is put in a position where he can discover who has been giving them secret information revealing the routes of the horse shipments.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Philip Carey, Lon Chaney Jr., James Millican, Guinn Williams, Alan Hale Jr., Martin Milner ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1952-10-22
Best War Movies of 1952 : So Little Time
4.

So Little Time

3.3
6.9/10 IMDB

During World War II, German soldiers occupy the home of a beautiful Belgian girl and her mother.

Starring: Maria Schell, Marius Goring, Lucie Mannheim, Gabrielle Dorziat, Barbara Mullen, John Bailey, David Hurst, Stanley Van Beers, Oscar Quitak, Andrée Melly ..
Directed by: Compton Bennett
Release date: 1952-04-18
5.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegard Knef, Leo G. Carroll, Torin Thatcher, Ava Norring, Helene Stanley, Marcel Dalio, Vicente Gómez ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1952-10-08
Best War Movies of 1952 : What Price Glory
6.

What Price Glory

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Two military men, Captain Flagg and Sergeant Quirt, who are rivals to begin with, grow more at odds with each other when Quirt is made Flagg's top sergeant. And when a local beauty comes between them, their rivalry escalates even further. But when they discover that the woman has marriage in mind, they now compete to try to avoid marching down the aisle - that is, until they are called upon to march into battle.

Starring: James Cagney, Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Robert Wagner, William Demarest, Henri Letondal, Craig Hill, Marisa Pavan, Max Showalter, James Gleason ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1952-08-22
Best War Movies of 1952 : Eight Iron Men
7.

Eight Iron Men

3.1
6.5/10 IMDB

During the World War II in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

Starring: Bonar Colleano, Lee Marvin, Arthur Franz, Richard Kiley, Nick Dennis, James Griffith, Dickie Moore, Mary Castle, George Cooper, Barney Phillips ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best War Movies of 1952 : Retreat, Hell!
8.

Retreat, Hell!

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Frank Lovejoy, Richard Carlson, Anita Louise, Russ Tamblyn, Nedrick Young ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1952-02-17
9.

One Minute to Zero

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

An idealistic United Nations official learns the harrowing truth about war when she falls in love with an American officer charged with the evacuation of civilians. As hostilities escalate, the officer and his small detachment are left to hold the line until allied forces can be brought into action.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, William Talman, Charles McGraw, Margaret Sheridan, Richard Egan, Eduard Franz, Robert Osterloh, Robert Gist ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1952-09-19
Best War Movies of 1952 : Gift Horse
10.

Gift Horse

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Compton Bennett's war drama The Gift Horse follows the fortunes of ageing destroyer The Ballantrae and her crew from the time they come together in 1940 until the climactic raid on occupied St Nazaire in 1942. Trevor Howard plays Lt Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser, the newly appointed captain, back in service after having left the navy following a court martial.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Sonny Tufts, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Dora Bryan, Hugh Williams, Robin Bailey, Meredith Edwards, John Forrest ..
Directed by: Compton Bennett
Release date: 1952-06-01

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