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Flying Leathernecks

Flying Leathernecks
Movie: Flying Leathernecks(1951)[tt0043547] 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 bygarykmcd
Title Flying Leathernecks
Release Date 22 October 1951 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Action, Drama, War
Production Companies RKO Radio Pictures
John Wayne
John Wayne...
Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby...
Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan...
Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffi...
Don Taylor
Don Taylor...
Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Blithe...
Janis Carter
Janis Carter...
Joan Kirby...
Jay C. Flippen
Jay C. Flippen...
MSgt. Clancy, Line Chief...
William Harrigan
William Harrigan...
Dr. Lt.Cdr. Joe Curran...
James Bell
James Bell...
Colonel...
Barry Kelley
Barry Kelley...
Brigadier General...
Adam Williams
Adam Williams...
Lt. Bert Malotke...
Carleton Young
Carleton Young...
Col. Riley...
Michael St. Angel
Michael St. Angel...
Capt. Harold Jorgensen, O...

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lbliss314 on 9 August 2005
On one level this is a standard flag-waving WW2 film--which was what audiences wanted. On another level, though, this movie says some pretty harsh things about war. Mixed in with the combat footage are several scenes of wounded soldiers covered in blood, the sort of images that were censored from pictures made during the war. Some have objected to this... but I think it adds an extra layer of realism. Yes, they are shocking images--maybe that was Ray's point. We should be shocked that men get killed like this. The interplay between Robert Ryan and John Wayne is fascinating. Ryan turns in a splendid performance and Wayne surprised me with the depth of emotion he displayed, particularly when he visits his family. The movie shows us the emotional toll of ordering men to their deaths. The movie has pacing problems, particularly in the final battle, and Jay C. Flippen's scrounging sergeant wears a little thin. Still, this is a well-done war film.

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