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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...

Reviews

nabor7 on 29 December 2005
Watching the interaction between Wayne and Ryan took me back to my days in submarines. A captain who remained distant yet caring and an exec who seemed more crew friendly and down to earth. I thought this was played out very well. Ryan only had to look at his own actions to realize why he had been passed over for command. I believe every command had a scrounger and this was a good addition for realism. I overlooked some location errors and airplane types and focused on what was the real story. Young men were trained quickly and sent into combat and as all young people do even now, feel invincible. This movie portrays war as a reality, men die. As long as the earth is inhabited there will be wars. One reviewer termed this movie as a snuff movie. This was war. Men fought and men died. Guadelcanal was not a pristine resort. We were attacked by an enemy who showed no mercy and as sad as it is, men die in war to protect our freedom. This movie shows how new pilots are forced to face the reality that they may be killed and that they must kill. They were led by a squadron commander (Wayne) who was a veteran and knew what it would take to give his men the highest odds of living. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to anyone who has a moral problem with war. The bottom line for the anti-war crowd is, "reality sucks."

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