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Flying Leathernecks -- Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.
Flying Leathernecks -- Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

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Director:
Writers:
James Edward Grant (screenplay)
Kenneth Gamet (story)
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Release Date:
28 August 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
AIR-DEVILS OF THE SKY! See more »
Plot:
Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
John Wayne and Robert Ryan raise the film to a higher level... See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby

Robert Ryan ... Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin
Don Taylor ... Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Blithe
Janis Carter ... Joan Kirby

Jay C. Flippen ... MSgt. Clancy, Line Chief
William Harrigan ... Dr. Lt.Cdr. Joe Curran
James Bell ... Colonel
Barry Kelley ... Brigadier General
Maurice Jara ... Shorty Vegay

Adam Williams ... Lt. Bert Malotke
James Dobson ... Lt. Pudge McCabe
Carleton Young ... Col. Riley
Michael St. Angel ... Capt. Harold Jorgensen, Ops. Officer (as Steve Flagg)
Brett King ... 1st Lt. Ernie Stark
Gordon Gebert ... Tommy Kirby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Bokar ... Lt. Deal (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Squadron Commander (uncredited)
Charles Brunner ... Charlie's Father (uncredited)
Richard Condon ... 1st Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Ralph Cook ... Lt. Kelvin (uncredited)
Inez Cooper ... Nurse (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... 3rd Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
James Craven ... Fleet CIC Commander (uncredited)
Victor Cutler ... 2nd Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Gail Davis ... Virginia Blithe (uncredited)
Michael Devery ... Lt. Hoagland (uncredited)
Jayn Lee Dockstader ... Infant (uncredited)
Chris Drake ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Girl (uncredited)

Sam Edwards ... Junior (uncredited)
Frank Fiumara ... Lt. Hawkins (uncredited)
Shela Fritz ... Charlie's Mother (uncredited)
Grady Galloway ... 4th Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... MP Sergeant (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Intelligence Officer (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson ... Lt. Foster (uncredited)
James Hickman ... Hicks (uncredited)
Frank Iwanaga ... Japanese Pilot (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Indian Affairs Clerk (uncredited)
Mona Knox ... Annabelle (uncredited)
Keith Larsen ... Charlie (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Freddie (uncredited)
Tony Layng ... Lt.Woods (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gene Marshall ... 6th Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Mickey McCardle ... Marine (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Major Benson (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Mama Malotke (uncredited)
John Mitchum ... Lt. Black (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Japanese Pilot (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Grease Monkey (uncredited)
Brit Norton ... Capt. Walter Tanner (uncredited)
Leslie K. O'Pace ... Peter (uncredited)
Jimmy Ogg ... Messenger (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ... Captain (uncredited)
Patricia Prest ... Greta Malotke (uncredited)
Noel Reyburn ... Madden (uncredited)
Melville Robert ... Jack (uncredited)
Elaine Roberts ... Jill (uncredited)
Don Rockland ... Lt. Stuart (uncredited)
Mavis Russell ... Mrs. Jorgenson (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders ... General on Guadalcanal (uncredited)
Lynn Stalmaster ... Lt. Billy Castle (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Fleet CIC Radio Operator (uncredited)
Bernard Szold ... Papa Malotke (uncredited)
Mort Thompson ... 5th Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Richard Ullman ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Mess Sergeant (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Colonel (uncredited)
Adam York ... Lt. Simmons (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
 
Writing credits
James Edward Grant (screenplay)

Kenneth Gamet (story)

Beirne Lay Jr.  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
James W. Sullivan 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
John Sturtevant (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Cliff P. Broughton .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank McWhorter .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Mantz .... pilot: camera airplane (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... aerial camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter
Richard Hughes .... technical adviser (as Colonel Richard Hughes U.S.M.C.)
Morgan Padelford .... Technicolor color consultant
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Edmund Grainger .... fill-in director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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  • United States Marine Corps  dedicated to: and especially to Marine aviation - appreciation is gratefully acknowledged for their participation and assistance which made this picture possible (as the United States Marine Corps)

Additional Details

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Runtime:
102 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (archive footage) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) (2012) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1951) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2004) | USA:Approved (PCA #14994) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
This film is about marine pilots fighting in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,510 square miles or 6,500 square kilometers. Guadalcanal was named after Pedro de Ortega's home town Guadalcanal in Andalusia, Spain; de Ortega worked under Alvaro de Mendana de Neira who charted the island in 1568.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A couple of the Grumman F6F Hellcats in the close support strafing run weren't the proper plane. They were Curtiss SB2C Helldivers, not an ideal close support aircraft with the big Wright R-2600 18 cylinder engine in the nose. The tails were distinctively different and rather unique to any airplane.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
John Wayne and Robert Ryan raise the film to a higher level..., 22 August 2010
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Any tension FLYING LEATHERNECKS has as a war film from the '40s about the fight against the Japanese on Guadalcanal is bolstered considerably by the decent acting jobs done by JOHN WAYNE and ROBERT RYAN as men who are soon in conflict with each other over training methods. Wayne has his usual tough guy role, hard on the surface but soft inside, and Ryan is the man who stands up to him but soon appreciates him when the going gets rough.

Whatever inaccuracies there are in historical details (as pointed out by other reviewers) don't really harm the story which is well photographed in Technicolor and includes a number of hard-hitting action scenes that are the best moments in the film. The domestic moments are the weakest elements of the story.

Wayne and Ryan are well supported by JANIS CARTER (as Wayne's worried wife) and DON TAYLOR as a carefree soldier. Well directed by Nicholas Ray, it's not as tense and exciting as it could have been but it passes the time efficiently in its own way with lots of actual war footage appearing in the action scenes.

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