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Director:
Writers:
John Monk Saunders (story)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. See more »
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Oscar winning Original Story makes for compelling viewing. See more (16 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)
Morey Eastman ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Howard Hawks ... German Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Jordan ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Dave O'Brien ... Pilot (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
Sterling Campbell .... aerial stunts supervisor (uncredited)
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)
 
Location Management
Joe Barry .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Erno Rapee .... general music supervisor
 
Other crew
Leo Nomis .... aeronautic supervisor
Joseph Steele .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
Vitaphone production reels #4272-4283.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:
Referenced in The Pay-Off (1930)See more »
Soundtrack:
Poor ButterflySee more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Oscar winning Original Story makes for compelling viewing., 28 February 2002

The original John Monk Saunders story to this film deservedly won an Oscar. The remake has all the polish this early talkie does not, but fails to impress emotionally. The acting here is uniformly excellent and the special effects are impressive as well. It is directed at a slower pace than modern audiences are used to - this was the early talkie era after all, but despite the slow spots and the lack of background music (sometimes the silence is more than palpable), it adds up to a strong emotional drama that is rather unforgettable.

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