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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:
As good as its remake and worth remembering 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:
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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
As good as its remake and worth remembering, 4 October 2009
Author: calvinnme from United States

This is an early talkie starring Richard Barthelmess as Dick Courtney and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Doug Scott, a couple of World War I aces and the best of friends, at least at the beginning of the film. Neil Hamilton (police commissioner Gordon in the 60's Batman TV series) is Major Brand, in charge of handing out commands and assignments among his group of fliers. One day Courtney and Scott pull off a daring air raid that they have been ordered not to do by Brand. When they return, their success causes Brand to be promoted just as he is about to punish Courtney, and now Barthelmess' Dick Courtney is named as replacement and the new commander of the unit.

Now instead of risking death himself, Courtney is the one ordering others into harm's way, and it is cracking him up as he turns more and more to drink. However, he still has Scott's friendship until a new recruit arrives and is ordered into a fatal battle. Now it is Scott who not only has no use for Courtney, but no use for life itself, and it is up to Courtney to make sure that Scott doesn't throw his life away.

This film, like many early talkies, is long on talk but short on the kind of aerial action you'd probably expect in a film about World War I fliers. Only towards the last third of the film do you see much in the way of dogfights. The focus is mainly on the fliers themselves and the futility of war. Barthelmess gives a great and poignant performance as Dick Courtney, and he lasted longer in talking pictures than most silent film actors due to his great skill. Also remember that most of the films made about World War I during this time were essentially anti-war films. By the beginning of the depression, WWI seemed a wasted effort in both money and manpower, and these early talking picture war films reflected that attitude.

The version of this film starring Errol Flynn is what most people remember. It's too bad this version didn't at least rate as an extra feature on that DVD. It makes for an interesting comparison.

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