The Steel Helmet pinpoints the Korean fighting in a grim, hardhitting tale that is excellently told.
A veteran top sergeant is the sole survivor of a small patrol, bound and murdered by North Koreans. He and a young native boy, who freed him, start back for the lines. They are soon joined by a Negro medic, sole survivor of another group. Trio encounters a patrol of green GIs, help them out of an ambush and go along to establish an observation post in a Korean temple. There they help direct artillery fire and capture a North Korean major hiding out in the temple.
Film serves to introduce Gene Evans as the sergeant, a vet of World War II, a tough man who is interested in staying alive, and hardened to the impact of warfare. Robert Hutton, conscientious objector in the last war but now willing to fight against communism; Steve Brodie, the lieutenant who used pull to stay out of combat previously; James Edwards, the Negro medic, and Richard Loo, a heroic Nisei, are the other principals who add to the rugged realism.