Blu-Ray News #306: Flying Leathernecks (1951).

Directed by Nicholas Ray
Starring John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter, Jay C. Flippen

Another Howard Hughes airplane movie, and it’s a good one. Shot in Technicolor by William E. Snyder and making good use of actual color war footage, Flying Leathernecks (1951) is impressive stuff. It’s great to see John Wayne and Robert Ryan go at it, and you can never really go wrong with Nicholas Ray. (Ryan and Ray would follow this with the terrific On Dangerous Ground.)

Flying Leathernecks has been restored, and Warner Archive is bringing it to Blu-Ray on September 15th. Highly, highly recommended — and with Wayne, Ryan and Ray, why wouldn’t it be?

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Filed under 1951, DVD/Blu-ray News, Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Nicholas Ray, RKO, Robert Ryan, Warner Archive

One response to “Blu-Ray News #306: Flying Leathernecks (1951).

  1. Walter

    Toby, thanks for posting the upcoming release of FLYING LEATHERNECKS(1951) a gritty action movie starring John Wayne as a tough squadron leader who clashes with officer Robert Ryan on Guadalcanal. Also, with Don Taylor, Janis Carter, and Jay C. Flippen. This movie has terrific aerial footage and fine performances by all. It is a good one and it is loosely based on the real life Major John L. Smith, a legend in his field. The movie is presented by RKO Radio Pictures owner and aviation enthusiast Howard Hughes, This movie packs in plenty of Technicolor action spectacle as the Marine Leathernecks do battle with Japanese Zeroes out in the South Pacific. Much of the movie features real combat footage spliced in. I’ve always enjoyed this salute to the Marine flyers of the World War II Pacific Theater.

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