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The Dawn Patrol -- Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Nigel Rathbone star in this gripping WWI drama about a flight commander in France who almost cracks under the pressure of sending men to their deaths.

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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 »
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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)
Acteurism: Joel McCrea in "Barbary Coast"
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Receiving a Phone Message from Kong Star Wray
 (From Alt Film Guide. 17 September 2012, 4:52 PM, PDT)

Errol Flynn: The Dawn Patrol / Santa Fe Trail
 (From Alt Film Guide. 19 June 2012, 11:38 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Flynn shines in serious drama of WWI aviators... See more (32 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


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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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Runtime:
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:
Courtney (Errol Flynn) says that his father was a professor of biology at Queen's. In fact, Errol Flynn's father, Theodore Thomson Flynn, was a professor of biology, first at the University of Tasmania and later at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In Tasmania he did pioneering work on the declining population of the thylacine, or "Tasmanian wolf", which went extinct in 1936.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The amount of engine oil on Flynn's face.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Courtney:[Asking Phipps to translate to the German POW] Ask him if he'll drink a toast to the dead.See more »
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.
Flynn shines in serious drama of WWI aviators..., 12 April 2005
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

DAWN PATROL was a forerunner of the "men facing war" kind of dramas that became a steady source of entertainment in books and films of the decades that followed, particularly after WWII.

But this takes place during World War I in 1915, when aviation was still young and men in the flying machines were sent into battle against greater odds than anyone could imagine.

Basil Rathbone plays the commander breaking under pressure who has to see young men under his command die in battle against the Germans. He is delighted to be relieved of his command by the young flier who has been chiding him for sending inexperienced men into battle--Errol Flynn.

Flynn soon finds himself hounded by the same sort of pressures facing Rathbone. His best friend (David Niven) is a fun loving pal who has a change of heart when his younger brother (well played by Morton Lowry), turns up for immediate duty despite a scant amount of training. Under Flynn's orders, the boy goes into battle the following day and is killed. This event sets up the dramatic conclusion which has Flynn willing to sacrifice himself and single-handedly take on a most dangerous mission across enemy lines.

Edmund Goulding keeps the story going from one excellent scene to another and all of the performances are first rate. Donald Crisp is less stuffy than usual in a good supporting role.

But it's Errol Flynn who makes the strongest impression in a role that calls for some fine moments of acting. His emotions seem genuine and his performance is crisp and mature. Indeed, one of his best performances in a well written role.

The ultimate message of the film is the anguish and futility of war and it comes across without being preachy. Definitely a Flynn film that is well worth watching.

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