Men in War by Anthony Mann (1957, 102 min., 35mm). An infantry platoon becomes separated from its division behind enemy lines as their commander valiantly tries to sustain his authority and his men’s morale against seemingly two enemies: unseen Korean snipers and a roustabout sergeant ferrying his injured commanding officer across the war zone. The script transposes Van Van Praag’s World War II novel Day Without End from the French countryside following D-Day to the onset of the 1950 “police action” in Korea. The disconnect between battlefield reality and the imperatives of authority is delineated as Lieutenant Benson clings to his paternal charge over his embattled men who refuse to acknowledge his command. Description written by Scott MacQueen, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Preservation funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.