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Director:
Writers:
John Monk Saunders (story)
Dan Totheroh (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
20 August 1930 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Young Eagles-boy aces of Flanders' days-riding the heavens at dawn- See more »
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Note quite as pretty as the 1938 remake, but it's still a dandy film See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Barthelmess ... Dick Courtney

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Douglas Scott

Neil Hamilton ... Major Brand
Frank McHugh ... Flaherty
Clyde Cook ... Bott
James Finlayson ... Field Sergeant
Gardner James ... Ralph Hollister
William Janney ... Gordon Scott
Edmund Breon ... Lieut. Phipps
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ackroyd ... Ackroyd - Mechanic (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Allen - Mechanic (uncredited)

Howard Hawks ... German Pilot (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
John Monk Saunders (story "The Flight Commander")

Dan Totheroh (adaptation & dialogue) &
Howard Hawks (adaptation & dialogue) &
Seton I. Miller (adaptation & dialogue)

Ewart Adamson  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert North .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Rex Dunn (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Curtiss (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Jackman .... special technical effects
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Leo Nomis .... double: Richard Barthlemess (uncredited)
Earl H. Robinson .... double: William Janney (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photography
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walling .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward Stevenson .... wardrobe designer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Erno Rapee .... general music supervisor
 
Other crew
Leo Nomis .... aeronautic supervisor
Joe Barry .... location manager (uncredited)
Joseph Steele .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Flight Commander" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
108 min | USA:106 min (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Vitaphone (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
In a separately filmed trailer, Vitaphone production reel #4096, Richard Barthelmess speaks to the audience about the picture.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): William Janney's character name is credited as "Gordon" on screen, but he is called "Donny" throughout.See more »
Soundtrack:
Plum and AppleSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Note quite as pretty as the 1938 remake, but it's still a dandy film, 3 June 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

It's obvious that this film didn't have the budget of some of its more famous contemporaries (HELL'S ANGELS and WINGS), as there were less aerial stunts and more of an emphasis on story. However, this wasn't really a bad thing, as the story itself did have more depth than the other two films--focusing on the pressure on WWI pilots and the fragility of their lives. In many ways, it reminded me of WWII films, COMMAND DECISION and 12 O'CLOCK HIGH because they, too, talk about the burden of leadership and responsibility of sending men to their deaths. So it's obvious that this is NOT your typical "war is fun" type film you so often see! As far as the film goes, it was quite dandy but unfortunately, the 1938 version really wasn't all that different. About the only noticeable difference was that more actors actually spoke with British accents in the remake. Because they are so very similar, I recommend you only see one unless you are a real purist. And, if I needed to say which one, I'd say the later version is slightly better--mostly because it is a bit more polished. The 1930 version lacks background music (something shared by most films in 1930), though otherwise they are neck and neck as far as which one is best. Interestingly, the 1930 version also features James Finlayson (of Laurel and Hardy movie fame) in a supporting role.

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