Approved | | Action, Drama, War
Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.
The fighter planes seen in the early part of the film are not the actual Grumman F4F Wildcat planes which were part of the Guadalcanal air campaign but Grumman F6F Hellcat planes. Hellcats were more readily available at the time the movie was made in 1951 as not many Wildcats had actually survived World War II. Moreover, Hellcats painted white and red also doubled as enemy Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter planes of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS).
Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby:
You just can't bring yourself to point your finger at the guy and say "go get killed!" You got enough troubles of your own for one man. Stop trying to pack everybody else's around. Schedule that mission.
Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin: Roger!
Kirby hands a samurai sword to his sleepy son without any concern about the danger, even when the kid is waving it around in the air and bouncing over it when it was laying unsheathed on the bed. When the kid lands on it his hand comes right down on the blade but he wasn't hurt.