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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 »
User Reviews:
surprisingly engaging..... 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


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #4585) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: During the final mission by Errol Flynn, four German planes take off to pursue him. However, one plane simply disappears. There are only three planes that attack him. He shoots down two, including Von Richter, but is killed by the third.See more »
Quotes:
Phipps:[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.
Phipps:[Whistling and talking to an imagined dog] Here! Come on, fella! Come on here! Mind your muddy feet. Come on!
Maj. Brand:[Brand has been deep in thought and only now realizes Phipps is talking] What you doing?
Phipps:Uh, the dog.
Maj. Brand:Dog? What dog? Where?
Phipps: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? And...
[He mutters as he realizes Brand has not been listening to him]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
surprisingly engaging....., 14 May 2002
Author: tripper0 from Canada

I don't have a lot to say about this movie. Errol Flynn is excellent as Captain Courtney, and the rest of the cast is excellent in their roles. That didn't surprise me. What surprised me was two things. First, how the British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war, specifically the deaths of their friends and the decisions that had to be made to send more men to their deaths (excellently portrayed by Basil Rathbone as Major Brand). Whats most impressive, however, is how engaging the air sequences were. They were ahead of their time and they hold up rather well today. I just saw Pearl Harbour, and I would say the Dawn Patrol is more exciting. It holds up well today, and if you get a chance, give it a watch. 8 out of 10.

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