November 10th, 2012: Flying Leathernecks

Cast and Crew:   Nicholas Ray (Director)

What It’s About: Major Daniel Kirby (John Wayne) teaches his second-in-command Captain Griffin (Robert Ryan) about leadership while flying fighter planes in the Pacific during World War Two.

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is the birthday of the U.S. Marine CorpsFlying Leathernecks is an enjoyable if formulaic war film about the costs of war and the burdens of leadership.  It’s also one of many films featuring the Marines that my father recalled as playing constantly on bases during his days in the Corps.

Other Choices: We’ve previously featured Heartbreak Ridge and The Flags of Our Fathers.

Mo Rating for Movember:   The leads in today’s film are very much clean shaven; 0 out of 5 Mos:

“Tell ’em to donate, pal, this is for all of us!”

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