Flying Leathernecks (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Flying Leathernecks (1951)




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In this WWII action film, the tough Major Dan Kirby is stationed in Guadalcanal as the head of a group of fighter pilots. When he mercilessly tries to whip his pilots into fighting form, Captain Carl Griffin tries to get him to ease up on the discouraged young men.

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John Wayne
as Major Daniel Xavier Kirby
Robert Ryan
as Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin
Don Taylor
as Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Blithe
Janis Carter
as Joan Kirby
William Harrigan
as Lt. Cmdr. Joe Curan
Jay C. Flippen
as Master Sgt. Clancy
Carleton Young
as Capt. McAllister
Brett King
as Lt. Stark
Maurice Jara
as Lt. Vegay
Michael St. Angel
as Lt. Jorgensen
Britt Norton
as Lt. Tanner
Adam Williams
as Lt. Malotke
Lynn Stalmaster
as Lt. Castle
Barry Kelley
as General
Gordon Geberl
as Tommy Kirby
James Flavin
as Shore Patrol Commander
Harlan Warde
as Admiral's Aide
Harry Lauter
as Freddie
John Mitchum
as Lt. Black
James Dobson
as Lt. McCabe
Michael Devery
as Lt. Hoagland
Ralph Cook
as Lt. Kelvin
Adam York
as Lt. Simmons
Gail Davis
as Virginia Blithe
Gordon Gebert
as Tommy Kirby
Dick Wessel
as Mess sergeant
Milburn Stone
as Ground control officer
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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

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

Before there was "TOPGUN" there was John Wayne and his Flying Leathernecks. Relying heavily on WW2 footage with some new flying sequences shot in apparently the same locale as the MASH TV series. It's very much a 50's film and workd pretty well when Wayne is bantering with the older cast but the film discconects with him portraying the CO of the squandron of early 20ish fly boys.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

I really liked this movie great performances by John Wayne and the others and there was parts that looked like actual footage from WWII

Anthony Petry III
Anthony Petry III

Average war film. The acting is superb, but the film is kinda boring. Choppy edits and obvious stock footage bring this film down. The movie has a very fast pace, and the ending drags on. There are some shots and moments, mostly involving Wayne and his son. More entertaining for John Wayne nuts.

Zack Butson
Zack Butson

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