The Steel Bayonet (1957)


Tunis, 1943. Battle-weary troops of Company C have orders to occupy a derelict Tunisian farmhouse. They are to establish an artillery observation post, reporting on enemy movements before the imminent offensive to liberate Tunis. However German infantrymen discover their operations. The ensuing battle for control of this small piece of land will decide who controls Tunis but more critically, the victors in the battle of democracy versus fascism.

Director: Michael Carreras.
Writer: Howard Clewes.
Stars: Leo Genn, Kieron Moore, Michael Medwin, Robert Brown, Michael Ripper, John Paul, Shay Gorman, Tom Bowman, Raymond Francis, Bernard Horsfall, Michael Collins, David Brown, David Ritch, John H. Watson, Arthur Lovegrove, Michael Dear, Ian Whittaker, Michael Balfour, Shay Gorman, Jack Stewart, Percy Herbert, Barry Lowe, Dave Crowley, Wolf Frees, Garard Green, William Abney, Guy Deghy, Jeremy Longhurst.
Cinematographer: Jack Asher (DP).
Composer: Leonard Salzedo.

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One Comment

  1. Patrick Trimble
    March 9, 2023

    Although completed in 1957, at the growing height of the Cold War, this off-genre Hammer film feels very much like a vintage WWII propaganda film.. It is filled with many nationalistic displays of strong leadership in the face of Leo Genn, dedicated patriotism in Kenneth Moore, youthful naiveity in Michael Medvin, and rugged bravery in Michael Balfour. And the climatic moment of courage and fortitude is right out of an Errol Flynn movie. But it is a very strong all-male cast with a surprisingly crisp and clever script. It may be the best genre film to come out of Hammer Films; filmed in Hammerscope!

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