Sunday Seconds with the Duke

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Episode #12

RKO Radio Pictures released Flying Leathernecks to theaters on August 28, 1951. Nicholas Ray directs the film which stars John Wayne, Robert Ryan, and Don Taylor.

Flying Leathernecks Movie Summary

Major Dan Kirby gets a new command which is a surprise to a group of “Wildcat” pilots who were hoping the popular and somewhat lax Captain Carl Griffin would lead their campaign. Kirby is your tough-as-nails career military man, and lets it be known he’s not going to take guff the moment he arrives.

Kirby’s assignment in the Guadalcanal campaign struggles with a lack of planes, daily attacks from the Japanese, and a group of young pilots that act like the young kids they are. To add to the conflict, Kirby’s executive, Captain Griffin doesn’t display a willingness to make the decisions that can lead to his pilots deaths, which he eventually blames on Kirby.

As the war of attrition continues, Kirby has to become more strict with his men as the become more tired from the constant missions. Griffin withdraws from Kirby even more.

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RKO Radio Pictures released Flying Leathernecks to theaters on August 28, 1951. Nicholas Ray directs the film which stars John Wayne, Robert Ryan, and Don Taylor.

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  1. On paper this sounds good, with Nicholas Ray directing, and Robert Ryan starring. But your review makes it sound awful, so I probably won’t give it a shot. I do second Shea’s recommendation of Ray’s Johnny Guitar. Also Bigger Than Life and In A lonely place(sorry to keep harping on that one) Ray is a highly regarded filmmaker today with modern critics.

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