Flying Leathernecks

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Flying Leathernecks

world war ii fighter pilot u.s. air force marine corps pacific okinawa pacific island

Flying Leathernecks

Release Date: August 28, 1951

Year    :   1951
Slogan    :   «From Guadalcanal to Okinawa...the Marine air-devils blazed a trail of glory...while the women they left behind fought battles of their own!»
Genres    :   Action, Drama, War
Production Companies    :   RKO Radio Pictures
Director    :   Nicholas Ray
Producers    :   Edmund Grainger, Cliff P. Broughton
Writers    :   Edmund Grainger, James Edward Grant, Kenneth Gamet, Beirne Lay Jr.
RunTime    :   102 mins.

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 make the difficult decision that all commanders have to make - to put men in harm's way knowing that they may be killed.

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