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

  1. Nicholas Ray


  2. Edmund Grainger


  3. Beirne Lay Jr.


  4. James Edward Grant


  5. Kenneth Gamet


Top Billed Cast

  1. John Wayne

    John Wayne

    Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby

  2. Robert Ryan

    Robert Ryan

    Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin

  3. Don Taylor

    Don Taylor

    Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Blithe

  4. Janis Carter

    Janis Carter

    Joan Kirby

  5. Jay C. Flippen

    MSgt. Clancy, Line Chief

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Flying Leathernecks


Status Released

Release Information

  • August 28, 1951


    No rating information.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

Budget -

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