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The Dawn Patrol (1930)

 -  War | Drama | Action  -  20 August 1930 (USA)
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World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths.

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Dick Courtney
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Douglas Scott
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Major Brand
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Clyde Cook ...
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Ralph Hollister
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Gordon Scott
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World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths.

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Young Eagles-boy aces of Flanders' days-riding the heavens at dawn- See more »

Genres:

War | Drama | Action

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Release Date:

20 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flight Commander  »

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Budget:

$611,722 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Director Howard Hawks, who was a pilot in the US Army during World War I, flew in the battle scenes as a German pilot. See more »

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William Janney's character name is credited as "Gordon" on screen, but he is called "Donny" throughout. See more »

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Edited into I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

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Poor Butterfly
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Written by Raymond Hubbell and John Golden
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Barthelmess and Fairbanks Are Superb
2 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terrific war film starring Richard Barthelmess as a veteran British pilot in France whose job is to make raids behind enemy lines in what are basically suicide runs. He complains to his commander (Neil Hamilton) about the green kids he gets, but of course war is hell and there's nothing anyone can do. It seems like every day they send out 5 or 6 planes and 2 or 3 come back. The guys drink heavily to hide their anguish. Barthelmess and Hamilton fight constantly until Hamilton is promoted and Barthelmess gets his desk job.

Now it's his job to send out the fliers. His best friend (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) becomes the squad leader as the green kids keep showing up for duty. Then Fairbanks' kid brother arrives. What follows breaks up the friendship between Barthelmess and Fairbanks, but the war drones on.

Excellent cinematography of aerial fights and bombing raids. The ending is simply superb, one full of heroism and irony.

Barthelmess and Fairbanks are excellent, and Hamilton is also good. Supporting cast includes Frank McHugh, William Janney, James Finlayson, Clyde Cook, and Gardner James.


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