Flying Leathernecks (1951)


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The Technicolor adventure epic Flying Leathernecks offers two things that film cultists can never get enough of: star John Wayne and director Nicholas Ray. Filmed at the behest of RKO chieftain Howard R. Hughes, Leathernecks is a paean to the Marine Flying Corps of World War II. Wayne plays Major Dan Kirby, a squadron commander, whose no-nonsense attitude is sharply at odds with the easygoing approach of executive officer Captain Carl Griffin (Robert Ryan). Griffin eventually learns the value of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Kenneth Gamet, James Edward Grant
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 4, 2004


as Maj. Daniel Xavier K...

as Capt. Carl 'Griff' G...

as Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Bl...

as Joan Kirby

as Lt. Cmdr. Joe Curan

as Master Sgt. Clancy

as Capt. McAllister

as Colonel

as Lt. Stark

as Lt. Vegay

as Lt. Jorgensen

as Lt. Tanner

as Lt. Malotke

as Lt. Castle

as General

as Tommy Kirby

as Shore Patrol Command...

as Admiral's Aide

as Freddie

as Lt. McCabe

as Lt. Hoagland

as Lt. Kelvin

as Lt. Simmons

as Virginia Blithe

as Tommy Kirby

as Mess sergeant

as Ground control offic...
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Critic Reviews for Flying Leathernecks

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Marquee pull of John Wayne and Robert Ryan in the action market has been teamed with a story of Marine fighter pilots.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

This is arguably Ray's least distinguished film, a relatively conventional, anonymous WWII drama made for RKO mogul Howard Hughes.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Though John Wayne plays a similar role to that of his other WWII movies (Sands of Iwo Jima), the tough but sensitive commander, this picture is better than the rest due to smooth and crispy direction by Nicholas Ray.

Full Review… | March 9, 2008

Overlong but action-filled.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is the most ordinary film Nicholas Ray ever made.

Full Review… | August 8, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pure WWII jingo and John Wayne. But stylish and heroic nonetheless.

August 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Flying Leathernecks


I'm not a huge Robert Ryan fan and this isn't my favorite of Wayne or Ray's either.

Overall it's a pretty typical film of the Gung Ho military genre.

The action scenes incorporate actual war footage which is pretty cool and Ray's editing is marvelous.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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