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Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War, Action | 28 August 1951 (USA)
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Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

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Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin
Don Taylor ...
Janis Carter ...
Joan Kirby
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MSgt. Clancy, Line Chief
William Harrigan ...
Dr. Lt.Cdr. Joe Curran
James Bell ...
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Barry Kelley ...
Brigadier General
Maurice Jara ...
Shorty Vegay
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Lt. Bert Malotke
James Dobson ...
Lt. Pudge McCabe
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Col. Riley
Michael St. Angel ...
Capt. Harold Jorgensen, Ops. Officer (as Steve Flagg)
Brett King ...
1st Lt. Ernie Stark
Gordon Gebert ...
Tommy Kirby
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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 garykmcd

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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) See more »

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Drama | War | Action

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel) (1973) See more »

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Good Saturday Afternoon Action Flick in the 1960s
13 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen "Flying Leathernecks" countless times since I was a boy. This morning on TCM, it was on again and I almost missed my Saturday morningtee-time with my golf buddies. They were forgiving though, as they, like me, had grown up with the stories of our fathers, uncles and cousins whohad served in WWII and of course, it was a JOHN WAYNE film. You ALWAYS have to stop and watch the Duke anytime he takes on the Japanese. The movie utilizes much Navy combat film from WWII, most of it not of the Guadacanal campaign and the aerial "combat" was typical of most war flicks in the 1940s and '50s. While it has many production errors (not matching recreated action with actual combat footage, reversing damage/wounds on planes and pilots, etc.) it is still a good movie to kick back with and watch a simple story.


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