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 is a Howard Hughes
production as the opening credits declare. It is well known that Hughes himself was an aviation aficionado who also produced Hell's Angels
(1930), Sky Devils
(1932) and Jet Pilot (1957), the latter of which also starred John Wayne
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During the footage where the bombs are being loaded, a post-WWII aircraft is visible behind the bombs being loaded, which is consistent with some of the footage being used from the Korean war. See more
Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby
You just can't bring yourself to point your finger at the guy and say "go get killed!" You got enough troubles of your own for one man. Stop trying to pack everybody else's around. Schedule that mission.
Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin