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The Dawn Patrol (1938)

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1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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Genre: Drama, World War I

Tagline: They roared through the dawn . . . with death on their wings !

Plot: Basil Rathbone is the major who sends his brave boys to face certain death each morning in this dark, yet jubilant World War I drama. Errol Flynn and David Niven are the hard-drinking aces in the squad who wish they had a few more days to teach the new pilots a few basic moves before they're sent up to face the dreaded Baron Richter. It's tragedy and camaraderie as the boys bond in the face of their own mortality and sing sentiments like "Hurrah for the next who dies" while getting drunk at the local inn. A peculiar respect and admiration develops between the German fliers and these brave Brits, which lends this war film unusual poignancy. If this all sounds an awful lot like a Howard Hawks film, that's because it's essentially a remake of his 1930 version. Perhaps in making this film director Edmund Goulding wanted to get away from his reputation as a director of soapy women's melodramas. If so, he succeeded admirably: there's breathtaking aerial combat scenes, strong performances, clever dialogue, and not a single woman in the cast.

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 Directed by
Edmund Goulding
Grand Hotel, Dark Victory, The Razor's Edge
 Written by
John Monk Saunders
Wings, A Yank at Oxford, The Docks of New York
Seton I. Miller
The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, Ministry of Fear
Errol Flynn
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk
David Niven
The Pink Panther, The Guns of Navarone, Casino Royale
Basil Rathbone
The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Court Jester, Captain Blood
Donald Crisp
The Birth of a Nation, How Green Was My Valley, Mutiny on the Bounty
Melville Cooper
Rebecca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Lady Eve
Barry Fitzgerald
Bringing Up Baby, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley
Carl Esmond
Sergeant York, The Prisoner of Zenda, Lola Montès
 Music By
Max Steiner
Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Arsenic and Old Lace



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