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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:
Good Saturday Afternoon Action Flick in the 1960s 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)
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe (uncredited)
 
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)

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Runtime:
102 min
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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:
John Wayne's character in this movie, Major Daniel Xavier Kirby, was based on Captain John Lucien Smith, USMC Ace who was Commanding Officer in the Marine Fighting Squadron 223 at Guadalcanal in 1942 during World War II. Smith was a Medal of Honor recipient in 1943 and a leader of the "Cactus" Air Force. Smith, a wildcat fighter pilot, shot down nineteen Japanese airplanes over Guadalcanal in 1942. Smith's achievements and commendations were well known to the public prior to this film being made. Smith was eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and likewise, Wayne's Kirby character is also promoted to the same rank in this movie. Moreover, there is also a physical likeness and resemblance between Wayne and Smith.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John Wayne first observes the damage done to the Japanese ships his goggles are up. Next scene he looks around some more and his goggles are down covering his eyes.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good Saturday Afternoon Action Flick in the 1960s, 13 August 2010
Author: Homer900 from United States

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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