Flying Leathernecks
Flying Leathernecks (1951)

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… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: August 28, 1951
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

Full review…
TV Guide

Overlong but action-filled.

Full review…
Jeremy Heilman

The Flying Leathernecks packs a surprising amount of intelligent insight in with its nationalistic rally cry.

Full review…
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is the most ordinary film Nicholas Ray ever made.

Full review…
Emanuel Levy

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…
Steve Crum

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

More reviews for Flying Leathernecks

Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
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… More