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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In an episode of M*A*S*H(S2 E7 - LIP), they mistakenly state that "Flying Leathernecks" (the next film being shown on movie night) co-starred Ward Bond & Maureen O'Hara. This isn't true. They never appear in the picture. Robert Ryan was the most popular of the co-stars. Of course they may not as have known exactly who was in it based on the time of the release of the film, so it may have been an intentional error. Ward Bond and Maureen O'Hara did star in a number of movies along side John Wayne. The quiet man being one. See more
During the 1st patrol off Guadalcanal after the nightly ship bombardment, "Jigsaw 4" is returning to base due to an engine problem (assumed cowardice by Pilot). Later in the same patrol, another Pilot is leaving formation and is shot down (later killed by Japanese Infantry) also under codename "Jigsaw 4". 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.