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Flying Leathernecks

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Time Out says

Made between the marvellous In a Lonely Place and On Dangerous Ground, this is arguably Ray's least distinguished film, a relatively conventional, anonymous WWII drama made for RKO mogul Howard Hughes - hence the authentic, Technicolor aerial footage of fighters in combat, as a Marine Corps squadron fight the Japs at Guadalcanal. Rather more interesting, perhaps, is the private conflict between Wayne's sternly no-nonsense disciplinarian CO and Ryan's more openly compassionate executive officer, who is afflicted with several of the neuroses commonly found in Ray's protagonists. Finally, however, it's all very predictable, even culminating in a flag-waving endorsement of traditional heroism. Thanks to the solid performances and fine camerawork, the film is not bad, merely professional.
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Release Details

  • Duration:102 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Nicholas Ray
  • Screenwriter:James Edward Grant
  • Cast:
    • John Wayne
    • Robert Ryan
    • Don Taylor
    • Janis Carter
    • Jay C Flippen
    • William Harrigan
    • James Bell
    • Barry Kelley
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