Approved | | Action, Drama, War
Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.
Robert Ryan was cast by director Nicholas Ray because he had been a boxer in college and believed that he was the only actor that could play opposite John Wayne and "kick Wayne's ass."
Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby:
When the command meets a commander for the first time, it's like a wedding. Nobody knows how it's going to turn out. Whether it'll be a happy golden anniversary or a divorce. We'll see.
During the footage where the bombs are being loaded, a post-WWII aircraft is visible behind the bombs being loaded, which is consistent with some of the footage being used from the Korean war.