Hold Back the Night

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Hold Back the Night
Original film poster
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by Hayes Goetz
Written by Walter Doniger
John C. Higgins
Pat Frank (novel)
Starring John Payne
Chuck Connors
Peter Graves
Mona Freeman
Audrey Dalton
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Ellsworth Fredericks
Distributed by Allied Artists
Release dates 29 July 1956 (U.S. release)
Running time 80 min
Language English

Hold Back the Night is a 1956 Korean War war film based on the 1951 novel by Pat Frank, who had been a war correspondent in Korea. The film was directed by Allan Dwan; his third film with John Payne and his third film about the United States Marine Corps.


The film tells the story in flashbacks of a bottle of Scotch carried by a World War II and Korean War Marine, Captain Sam MacKenzie.


The film was shot with the cooperation of the United States Marine Corps at the Mountain Warfare Training Center at Pickel Meadows, California that recreated the events of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

Allied Artists originally approached the Marine Corps for assistance after the book's initial release. The Corps turned down cooperation with the producers as they felt the film was too close to the recently filmed Retreat, Hell!. Though Allied Artists contemplated rewriting the film to involve the US Army, they shelved the film for a few years with the Corps cooperating.[1] Sequences of the film were also shot at Bronson Canyon with artificial snow.[2]



  1. ^ p.140 Suid, Lawrence H. Guts & Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film University Press of Kentucky
  2. ^ p.139 Peter Graves Interview by Tom Weaver Earth vs. The Sci-Fi Filmmakers: 20 Interviews By Tom Weaver McFarland

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