Major Daniel Kirby takes command of a squadron of Marine fliers just before they are about to go into combat. While the men are well meaning, he finds them undisciplined and prone to always finding excuses to do what is easy rather than what is necessary. The root of the problem is the second in command, Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin. Griff is the best flier in the group but Kirby finds him a poor commander who is not prepared to the difficult decision that all commanders have to make - to put men in harm's way knowing that they may be killed. Written by
From Guadalcanal to Okinawa...the Marine air-devils blazed a trail of glory...while the women they left behind fought battles of their own! (1956 reissue poster)
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Did You Know?
This movie is often considered merely another assignment of Nicholas Ray
's at RKO for Howard Hughes
to prove his political and professional alliance during the Red Scare. A blatant pro-war movie that Hughes cared about and Ray did not, Ray disagreed with the film's politics and was said to get Robert Ryan
to intentionally overact. Ryan and Ray, who were leftist liberals, constantly fought against John Wayne
and Jay C. Flippen
, who were conservatives and supported the Blacklist. See more
When the Indian crash lands, the distance shot shows the F6F sitting with the right gear collapsed - when the ground crew arrives in the closeup, the left gear is collapsed. See more
Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby
When the command meets a commander for the first time, it's like a wedding. Nobody knows how it's going to turn out. Whether it'll be a happy golden anniversary or a divorce. We'll see.
Referenced in JAG: New Gun in Town