In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled "crates" and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the "brass hats" at headquarters see reason. Insubordinate air ace Captain Courtney is another thorn in Brand's side...but finds the smile wiped from his face when he rises to command the squadron himself. Everyone keeps a stiff upper lip. Written by
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They roared through the dawn . . . with death on their wings !
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Did You Know?
Most of the aerial footage comes from Warner Bros.' previous 1930 version (The Dawn Patrol
(1930)). See more
The opening shot identifies the time as 1915. From the first, the song played over and over on the phonograph is "Poor Butterfly." Sources seem to agree that this song was not published until 1916, and not recorded until later still. See more
[Brand approaches a sulking Courtney
[Courtney initially shows resentment but smiles when he realizes what he's drinking to
I'll drink to that. To Scott-O! Sleep tight.
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Sung by the airmen in the club
Reprised by arriving replacement airmen See more