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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:
Greatest Air Epic Ever!
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 »
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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:
Debut of Frank McHugh.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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Dawn Patrol (1938)See more »
Soundtrack:
Plum and AppleSee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
If They Live, They'll Be Veterans, 1 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although William Wellman is the Hollywood director most associated with air films, not counting of course the self indulgent Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks with The Dawn Patrol and with Air Circus and Only Angels Have Wings can certainly hold is own against the formidable Mr. Wellman on his own turf.

This may have been Howard Hawks's first sound feature and he debuted magnificently with a story about a group of fliers from the United Kingdom's Royal Flying Corps of World War I. John Monk Saunders wrote the original story for the screen that netted The Dawn Patrol an Academy Award for that category.

The story centers on three men. Group commander Neil Hamilton who has to send his men up against some of Germany's best fliers and two of his senior pilots, Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Hamilton is a troubled man indeed, having to send barely trained kid pilots and he hears about it from Barthelmess and Fairbanks.

One fine day, oddly enough to do a daring assault that Barthelmess and Fairbanks pull off, Hamilton gets a promotion up to the staff headquarters. In a curious bit of poetic vengeance he names Barthelmess his replacement.

Of course when Barthelmess now is seeing the war from Hamilton's point of view, he starts to behave differently. What he does and the choices he makes are the basis for the rest of this story about some of the United Kingdom's most gallant generation lost in the first terrible total war of the last century.

As Fairbanks and Barthelmess criticize Hamilton in what he does, I do wonder about when they were the fresh recruits. They became the veterans more than likely by sheer chance that they did survive. Yet that never plays a part in their thinking.

The aerial combat sequences are excellently staged, Howard Hughes and William Wellman could hardly have done better. They were so good that they got used again in the 1938 remake of this film.

The Dawn Patrol also marked the film debut of Frank McHugh who graced Warner Brothers films for the next 20 years. I've said in many comments and on their respective pages that it could almost not be a Warner Brothers film without either Frank McHugh or Alan Hale or both in a given feature, they appeared so often. The brothers Warner, got their work out of those two.

The 1938 remake with Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Basil Rathbone is the one most are familiar with. Still this one is the real deal.

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