Fixed Bayonets is a war movie starring Corporal Denno (Richard Basehart), a soldier who is pushed up the ranks quickly and must learn to take the lead in battle. He and the platoon are left behind during a retreat. Their mission is to defend against the Koreans and make them think that no retreat is going on. Lieutenant Gibbs (Craig Hill) commands the soldiers along with two Sergeants as they wait in a strategic set of hills to slow the enemy while the others escape over an exposed bridge. During the course of the film, through battles and subterfuge, the unwilling Denno is eventually forced to take lead of the group. The film explores mens' differing perspectives on power and leadership, and it turns out that those who aren't looking for either may make the best leaders of all. This film is known as James Dean's film debut, though his role as "Doggie," another soldier, was minor and uncredited.