The Dawn Patrol
The commanding officer of a WWI British air squadron captain is forced to send inexperienced pilots up against German aces.
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- ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.37:1
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: January 29, 2013
- Originally Released: 1930
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Barthelmess, Neil Hamilton, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., William Janney, James Finlayson, Clyde Cook & Edmund Breon|
|Directed by||Howard Hawks|
|Edited by||Ray Curtiss|
|Screenwriting by||Dan Totheroh, Howard Hawks, Seton I. Miller & John Monk Saunders|
|Composition by||Leo F. Forbstein|
|Art Direction by||Jack Okey|
|Produced by||Robert North|
|Director of Photography:||Ernest Haller|
Rating: B- -- Retains a certain power because of its great aerial footage. Full Review
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A thoroughgoing blueprint for Hawksian valor Full Review
Young recruits are sent airborne toward certain death, but Hawks locates a strange joy in their grim fate. Full Review
Howard Hawks's compact economy and avoidance of stylistic razzle-dazzle allowed for concentration on storytelling, to great effect. Full Review
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Tormented over his sending eager young recruits to their deaths, Major Brand (Neil Hamilton) of the 59th British Squadron is heavily criticized by his ace pilots, Dick Courtney (Richard Barthelmess) and Douglas Scott (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). But when the major is promoted and Courtney assumes command, he finds himself in the same situation as his predecessor when he dispatches Scott's inexperienced brother on an ill-fated mission, a sacrifice of war for which he must soon make amends.
Based on a story by John Monk Saunders (Wings), The Dawn Patrol won the 1930/31 (4th) Academy Award for Writing (Original Story), and its dazzling aerial footage was reused by Warner Bros. for the 1938 remake starring Errol Flynn.
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