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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:
Barthelmess and Fairbanks Are Superb 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)
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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:
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 »
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:
Stand to Your Glasses! (Hurrah for the Next Man to Die)See more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Barthelmess and Fairbanks Are Superb, 2 December 2007
Author: drednm from United States

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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