Honestly? This was a huge letdown. I love Wayne, Ryan, and Ray, so was expecting at least a really solid war pic. Nope, this one relies too much on stock footage which is very obvious and too much on action in general with a paper thin plot and character development. One of the worst of Ray's films I have seen (start elsewhere, like Johnny Guitar), still not entirely awful. 2 stars
John Wayne is more emotionally involved with Robert Ryan than he seems to be with his wife, in the aviation army of World War II. The fact that such a film could be made in the 50s in Hollywood, with big stars and a big budget, is only one proof of how subversive some part of the American cinema could be. I think this film is really good and it deserves to be reconsidered, like a lot of other films from its era.