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Flying Leathernecks

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1951
  • Nicholas Ray
  • 98 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War action drama, starring John Wayne and Robert Ryan. Guadalcanal, 1942: US Marine Corps fighter pilots are embroiled in a bitter battle against the Japanese. Back at base, tensions are increasing over the dictatorial methods of their tough commander, Dan Kirby.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This trite reworking by Nicholas Ray of many themes (and characters) familiar from films such as Howard Hawks's masterly 1943 movie Air Force is corny, obvious and not really good enough. John Wayne and particularly Robert Ryan seem distinctly uncomfortable in their leading roles, flying studio mock-ups of planes against Technicolor back projection and dutifully conveying a gung-ho spirit without any real enthusiasm. The acting honours are stolen by grizzled veteran Jay C Flippen, who's well cast as a wily sergeant, but this must go down as another terribly disappointing early work from Ray, whose Rebel without a Cause remains a key movie of the 1950s.

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Credits

Cast

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Major Dan KirbyJohn Wayne
Captain Carl GriffinRobert Ryan
Lieutenant "Cowboy" BlitheDon Taylor
CuranWilliam Harrigan
Joan KirbyJanis Carter
Master Sergeant ClancyJay C Flippen
Captain McAllisterCarleton Young
Lieutenant StarkBrett King
Lieutenant VegayMaurice Jara
Lieutenant JorgensenSteve Flagg
Lieutenant MalotkeAdam Williams
GeneralBarry Kelly
Pudge McCabeJames Dobson

Crew

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DirectorNicholas Ray

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Released on
1951-10-22
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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