Flying Leathernecks

Warner Bros.   (1951) / Region 1
Flying Leathernecks

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"Solid performances and fine camerawork."-Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide

Marine fighter squadron VMF 247 is in the thick of it on Guadalcanal. The besieged airstrip they hold is hammered almost nightly by offshore batteries. Malaria and combat fatigue grip many of the men. Fuel is low. Replacement parts for the squad's Wildcat planes are few. And the only things not in short supply are the enemy...and Major Don Kirby's determination to keep fighting with whatever he has.

American icon John Wayne is in the cockpit and in command as Kirby, a courageous leader at odds with his executive officer (Robert Ryan) and the forefront of tacticians eager to coordinate ground combat with low-flying aerial sorties. Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause) directs, skillfully incorporating actual battlefield and dogfight footage. Flying Leathernecks has the flight stuff!


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 04 2004
  • Production Year 1951
  • Empire SKU 587320
  • UPC Code 053939677621
  • Studio  Warner Bros.
  • Packaging Snap
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English, French and Spanish


Features Not Specified


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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