Marquee pull of John Wayne and Robert Ryan in the action market has been teamed with a story of Marine fighter pilots.
Actual color footage of battle action in the Pacific has been smartly blended with studio shots to strike a note of realism.
James Edward Grant scripted the Kenneth Gamet story, which deals with a small squadron of flying leathernecks stationed in the Pacific and the frictions that develop between its commander (Wayne) and its executive officer (Ryan) when they are not busy fighting the war. Ryan is disappointed because he has not been recommended for command of the squadron but works with Wayne until latter’s rigid discipline and impartiality build a bitter friction between them.
This purely masculine yarn sidetracks when Wayne goes on leave to the States for time with his wife (Janis Carter) and small son. These scenes are excellently done, both in playing, direction and writing, but do have the effect of ending the action. This starts in again, however, when Wayne is re-assigned to the Pacific.