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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy.


Stuart Walker


Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Bogart Rogers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Fredric March ... Jerry Young
Cary Grant ... Henry Crocker
Jack Oakie ... Mike Richards
Carole Lombard ... The Beautiful Lady
Guy Standing ... Major Dunham (as Sir Guy Standing)
Forrester Harvey ... Hogan
Kenneth Howell ... John Stevens
Leyland Hodgson ... Kingsford
Virginia Hammond ... Lady Erskine
Douglas Scott ... Tommy
Robert Seiter ... Arnold Voss (as Robert Manning)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Fifi aka Fanny


The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy.

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They dedicated their lives - to DEATH! See more »


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English | French

Release Date:

6 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragões da Morte See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Seattle Thursday 9 April 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), and in Milwaukee Friday 10 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6); in San Francisco it first aired 7 May 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Philadelphia 20 July 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Grand Rapids 9 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), and in Toledo 21 December 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11). It was released on DVD 17 May 2012 by Turner Classic Movies as part of the Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection, on 4 June 2013 as part of Universal's War Collection, again as a single 27 September 2013 as part of the Universal MOD Collection, and again 19 April 2016 as one of 18 [Paramount] titles in Universal's Cary Grant: The Vault Collection; since that time, it has also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


All the airplanes except the DeHavilands are well past 1918 time period. Curtiss P-1s are recognizable as well as other airplanes with highly tapered wings. Even the DH-4s were dated by 1933, but had been kept around, first as mail planes, then as barnstormers. See more »


Jerry H. Young: [during a nightmare] You got 'em. There you are. There you are. There you are. There you are. You got 'em. Shoot. Shoot! You got 'em! You got 'em! He's burning! You got 'em. There. There you are. There you are. You got 'em. You got 'em. You got 'em! You got! Is there anything? Death. He's burning! He's! There you are. There you are. Now, you got 'em. There, you got 'em. Now, shoot. Shoot. Shoot him! Shoot. I lost five. I lost five. I lost five, sir. I lost, sir, but five. Five in two months, sir...
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A true gem, but not a happy film.
19 December 1999 | by JHC3See all my reviews

"The Eagle and the Hawk" follows the World War One exploits of three American volunteer airmen who are members of Britain's Royal Flying Corps (which was later to be renamed the Royal Air Force). After months of training, Jeremiah Young (March) and Mike Richards (Oakie) are transferred from England to an observer unit in France. The third airman, Henry Crocker (Grant), washes out and later becomes an aerial gunner.

The observer unit flies two-seat biplanes doing primarily reconnaissance work, but this does not stop Young from being a very successful pilot, downing two enemy aircraft on his first mission alone. His initial jubilation over this feat is crushed when he discovers that his observer has been killed. Though he continues to shoot down many German aircraft, he has the appalling luck of losing five observers in his first two months.

The film follows the career of this heroic pilot and his comrades, including Crocker who ultimately becomes his observer. As the weeks go by, Young becomes more and more guilt-ridden, not only over losing those who fly with him, but over the many young Germans he has slain.

"The Eagle and the Hawk" is a well-made, well-acted film with decent aerial footage and a wonderful, anguished performance by Fredric March. Though he might be overlooked, Forrester Harvey's character is rather thought-provoking. He plays an enlisted man who has the unenviable task of collecting the belongings of slain airmen for safekeeping. On Young's first day, he had to perform this task five times.

This film is truly a gem which presents a strong anti-war message, one which is particularly interesting considering the time it was made (1933 being the year that Hitler achieved power in Germany and the 1930s being the period of appeasement). Its ending has a pair of surprises which are well worth the price of admission. This is a film which is highly recommended for classic movie fans.

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