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Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 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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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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Action | Drama | War

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Trivia

Robert Ryan was cast by director Nicholas Ray because he had been a boxer in college and believed that he was the only actor that could play opposite John Wayne and "kick Wayne's ass." See more »

Goofs

When the Colonel on Guadalcanal briefs the pilots on the close air support strike, he requests the pilots strafe parallel to the front lines. The footage shows the pilots making their runs perpendicular to the lines. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby: Are we all buttoned up?
Joan Kirby: Cat's out... doors locked. All secure sir.
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Referenced in Canadian Bacon (1995) See more »

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Good Saturday Afternoon Action Flick in the 1960s
13 August 2010 | by 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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