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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Most of the aerial footage comes from Warner Bros.' previous 1930 version (The Dawn Patrol
(1930)). See more
(at around 1 min) Phipps is writing a letter of condolence to the mother of a recruit who has been killed in action. As he stops writing to talk with Major Brand, he switches his pen from his right hand to his left hand and removes his glasses with his right hand. In the next shot, his pen is back in his right hand and his glasses are in his left hand. See more
[Whimsically after reading a letter from home
You know, Brand, it'd be awfully nice if we had a dog around here in the mornings to come in and cheer us up.
[Whistling and talking to an imagined dog
Here! Come on, fella! Come on here! Mind your muddy feet. Come on!
[Brand has been deep in thought and only now realizes Phipps is talking
What you doing?
Uh, the dog.
Dog? What dog? Where?
No, I say it would be nice if we had a dog to come in here in the mornings to sort of cheer us up, you know? ...
Referenced in Fiona on Fire
Stand to Your Glasses! (Hurrah for the Next Man to Die)
(ca 1850) (uncredited)
Music by Alfred Domett
, adapted from a Beethoven dirge
Lyrics adapted from the poem "The Revel" by Bartholomew Dowling
Sung a cappella by the airmen in the club See more