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Director:
Writers:
Seton I. Miller (screen play) and
Dan Totheroh (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
24 December 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They roared through the dawn . . . with death on their wings ! See more »
Plot:
British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(13 articles)
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Errol Flynn: The Dawn Patrol / Santa Fe Trail
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One of the very best of all war films See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Courtney

Basil Rathbone ... Major Brand

David Niven ... Scott

Donald Crisp ... Phipps
Melville Cooper ... Sgt. Watkins

Barry Fitzgerald ... Bott
Carl Esmond ... Hauptmann Von Mueller
Peter Willes ... Hollister
Morton Lowry ... Donnie Scott
Michael Brooke ... Capt. Squires
James Burke ... Flaherty
Stuart Hall ... Bentham
Herbert Evans ... Mechanic
Sidney Bracey ... Major Brand's Orderly (as Sidney Bracy)
Leo Nomis ... Aeronautic Supervisor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Brazeale ... Gregory (uncredited)
Tyrone Brereton ... Orderly (uncredited)
Richard Deane ... 'B' Flight Replacement (uncredited)
Burnett Fergrison ... Henry Burt (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Running Man on Airfield (uncredited)
Ivo Henderson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tim Henning ... Orderly (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Young Recruit (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Kirby--Orderly (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Rutherford (uncredited)
John Meredith ... 'B' Flight Replacement (uncredited)
Wally Rairden ... Cleaver (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Mechanic (uncredited)
John Rodion ... Lieutenant Russell (uncredited)
Speirs Ruskell ... 'B' Flight Replacement (uncredited)
Tom Seidel ... Jones (uncredited)
John Sutton ... Adjutant (uncredited)
F. Philip Sylvestre ... 'B' Flight Replacement (uncredited)
Gordon Thorpe ... Smythe (uncredited)
Charles Waldron Jr. ... Lieutenant Billings (uncredited)
Gordon Wallace ... 'B' Flight Replacement (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Von Richter (uncredited)
Gilbert Wilson ... Moorehead (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
 
Writing credits
Seton I. Miller (screen play) and
Dan Totheroh (screen play)

John Monk Saunders (from an original story by)

Howard Hawks  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Lord .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Makeup Department
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Robert Ross .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oren Haglund .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Kissell .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin A. DuPar)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl E. Guthrie .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Glen Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Vic Johnson .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Reinhold .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Six .... still photographer (uncredited)
Claude Swanner .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rene Wilson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Victor Kline Jr. .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Capt.L.G.S. Scott .... technical advisor
Jean McNaughton .... script clerk (uncredited)
Jacques Swaab .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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103 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #4585) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)
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Trivia:
Most of the aerial footage comes from Warner Bros.' previous 1930 version (The Dawn Patrol (1930)).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Captain Courtney is rescued, he jumps on the wing and hangs onto the strut. When the actual aircraft takes off, the dummy used is much further forward on the wing than Captain Courtney was.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Courtney:Hooh, I did't understand a word, did you?
Lt. 'Scotty' Scott:No, I took German in school but...
Capt. Courtney:So did I, but I can't understand the way these foreigners speak it.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stand to Your Glasses! (Hurrah for the Next Man to Die)See more »

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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
One of the very best of all war films, 29 January 2002
Author: d1494 from San Francisco

The Dawn Patrol, one of Director Eddie Goulding's very finest, is as tense and tightly wound as the characters it portrays, who face the awful question, 'what is maximum effort', how much can a man give in combat before breaking? The story revolves around the vividly drawn characters of Lt. Scott,'Scotty', played by David Niven in one of his most genuine performances, and that of his chum, Captain Courtney, well played by Errol Flynn. Together the two friends face death each day in machines held together by 'spit and baling wire' and each night drink themselves into oblivion. Their antics contrast with the concern that is eating at their commanding officer, Major Brand, wonderfully portrayed by Basil Rathbone. Brand is visibly cracking under the strain, while the oblivious Courtney and Scott play at war, seemingly unconcerned by death or anything else. Paired with Brand is the unflappable Phipps, presented by stalwart character actor Donald Crisp. It is Crisp, who is finally made to express the film's underlying anti-war theme, questioning the point of sending all the fine young men to their deaths, "...and for what?", he asks though no answer is forthcoming. The tension is expertly broken by comic interludes of genuine hilarity as well as great scenes of World War air combat. One sees a reflection of Renoir's 'Rules of the Game', when a German pilot, who is thought to have killed Scotty, is brought in to meet Courtney, who shot him down and they show each other the mutual respect and chivalry that still crossed the no-mans land between the two sides. Like '12 0'Clock High'

its World War II counterpart, this film puts the viewer under the skins of these men as they face death. No phony posturing or heroics, no masks, just humanity faced with something which, ultimately is inhuman. This intelligent and questioning film is at the very top of my list of great war films, and is an absolute must see for new generations of movie goers.

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