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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Roaring into each blood-red dawn . . . fighting for women they had never seen . . . for love they might never know ! !
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Did You Know?
As Major Brand, Basil Rathbone
is seen wearing the ribbon for the Military Cross. He was awarded this medal for bravery during the First World War as a second lieutenant. Captain Courtney, Errol Flynn
and later Lieutenant Scott, played by David Niven
are also seen with ribbons but were too young to server in that conflict. Niven attended Sandhurst Military Academy and then served for two years in Malta. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he returned to England and re-joined the army. Flynn was granted a 4-F deferment during then Second World War due to his weak heart. He later stated that his only regret was his non-participation in that conflict. 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
[Asking Phipps to translate to the German POW
Ask him if he'll drink a toast to the dead.
"Plum and Apple"
Sung a cappella by Errol Flynn
, David Niven
and James Burke See more