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


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Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby
Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin
Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Blithe
Joan Kirby
MSgt. Clancy, Line Chief
Dr. Lt.Cdr. Joe Curran
Brigadier General
Maurice Jara ...
Shorty Vegay
Lt. Bert Malotke
Lt. Pudge McCabe
Col. Riley
Capt. Harold Jorgensen, Ops. Officer (as Steve Flagg)
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)
Nurse (uncredited)
3rd Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Fleet CIC Commander (uncredited)
2nd Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Virginia Blithe (uncredited)
Michael Devery ...
Lt. Hoagland (uncredited)
Jayn Lee Dockstader ...
Infant (uncredited)
Lieutenant (uncredited)
Girl (uncredited)
Junior (uncredited)
Frank Fiumara ...
Lt. Hawkins (uncredited)
Shela Fritz ...
Charlie's Mother (uncredited)
Grady Galloway ...
4th Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
MP Sergeant (uncredited)
Intelligence Officer (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson ...
Lt. Foster (uncredited)
James Hickman ...
Hicks (uncredited)
Frank Iwanaga ...
Japanese Pilot (uncredited)
Indian Affairs Clerk (uncredited)
Annabelle (uncredited)
Charlie (uncredited)
Freddie (uncredited)
Tony Layng ...
Lt.Woods (uncredited)
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gene Marshall ...
6th Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Mickey McCardle ...
Marine (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ...
Major Benson (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Mama Malotke (uncredited)
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)
General on Guadalcanal (uncredited)
Lt. Billy Castle (uncredited)
Fleet CIC Radio Operator (uncredited)
Bernard Szold ...
Papa Malotke (uncredited)
Mort Thompson ...
5th Pilot Replacement (uncredited)
Richard Ullman ...
Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Mess Sergeant (uncredited)
Mack Williams ...
Colonel (uncredited)
Adam York ...
Lt. Simmons (uncredited)

Directed by

Nicholas Ray

Written by

James Edward Grant ... (screenplay)
Kenneth Gamet ... (story)
Beirne Lay Jr. ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

Edmund Grainger ... producer

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

Additional 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 verified as 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)


Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Devil Dogs of the Air (United States)
  • Flying Devil Dogs (United States)
  • Les diables de Guadalcanal (France)
  • Les diables du Pacifique (France)
  • Infierno en las nubes (Spain)
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  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia John Wayne and Robert Ryan managed to put aside their vast political differences while making this film, although Ryan was appalled by Wayne's support for blacklisting, extending the Korean War by launching nuclear strikes on Chinese cities, and using military force to drive the Soviets out of eastern Europe. However they later did not get along at all while filming The Longest Day (1962). See more »
Goofs Kirby hands a samurai sword to his sleepy son without any concern about the danger, even when the kid is waving it around in the air and bouncing over it when it was laying unsheathed on the bed. When the kid lands on it his hand comes right down on the blade but he wasn't hurt. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in War (1988). 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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