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The Dawn Patrol (1938)

 -  War | Drama  -  24 December 1938 (USA)
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British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war.

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Courtney
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Major Brand
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Scott
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Phipps
Melville Cooper ...
Watkins
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Bott
Carl Esmond ...
Von Mueller
Peter Willes ...
Hollister
Morton Lowry ...
Donnie
Michael Brooke ...
Squires
James Burke ...
Flaherty
Stuart Hall ...
Bentham
Herbert Evans ...
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Sidney Bracey ...
Major Brand's Orderly (as Sidney Bracy)
Leo Nomis ...
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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They roared through the dawn . . . with death on their wings ! See more »

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24 December 1938 (USA)  »

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A Patrulha da Alvorada  »

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Most of the aerial footage comes from Warner Bros.' previous 1930 version (The Dawn Patrol (1930)). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Maj. Brand: [Brand approaches a sulking Courtney] To him!
Capt. 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.
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Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Sung by the airmen in the club
Reprised by arriving replacement airmen
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Since the aerial stuff was already done.............................
1 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Warner Brothers more than most of the other major studios had a habit of simply recycling the old plots of their films and repackaging them. A good example would be the boxing film Kid Galahad remade a few years later as The Wagons Roll at Night with the setting now changed to a circus. But in this case we didn't get a remake of The Dawn Patrol, we got practically a carbon copy.

I finally saw the original The Dawn Patrol that was made in 1930 by Howard Hawks and found that this film was practically a word for word remake of the Hawks classic. Of course it was no surprise to learn that all the aviation sequences were just lifted bodily from the first film, but probably more than that was done. Several long-shots looked exactly the same.

In a way this might have worked out because director Edmund Goulding who was not known for action films could concentrate on the actors and he got very good performances out of Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Basil Rathbone who step into the parts that Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Neil Hamilton did the first time around.

Still after seeing first one version, than the other, one might be complaining of double vision at that.


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