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?
The filmmakers needed several shots of the planes taking off and landing. They assembled a squadron of 17 vintage WW1 aircraft, most of them Nieuports. Flying them proved just as hazardous as in WW1. By the time filming ended, stunt flyers had crashed 15 of them. See more
The amount of oil and dirt on Courtney's face changes several times between scenes. The most obvious is when he goes up stairs to console another pilot who has lost a friend. As he goes up his face is slightly dirty, as he enters the room it is noticeably dirtier and when he comes back down it is much cleaner. 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? ...
Version of The Dawn Patrol
Plum and Apple
Sung a cappella by Errol Flynn
, David Niven
and James Burke See more