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The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol (1938)

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Release Date: Dec 24, 1938 Wide

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This 1938 remake of Howard Hawks' 1930 film The Dawn Patrol is faithful to the original's basic plotline. The story is set during World War I; the scene is the French headquarters of the British Royal Flying Corps, 59th division. The corps is suffering heavy losses, a fact that ace pilot Courtney (Errol Flynn) ascribes to the supposed ruthlessness of squadron commander Brand (Basil Rathbone). What the audience knows that Courtney doesn't is that Brand is distraught at losing his men, but is

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

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Mar 27, 2007

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...camaraderie and dogfights and bombing runs and stiff upper lips.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Competent remake of the 1930 Howard Hawks film of the same title.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Clear eyed depiction of the cost and dangers for bombers during wartime. Errol Flynn is very good, a reminder that he was excellent not only in period pictures and westerns but quite capable in modern dress dramas. Strong supporting cast helps with Basil Rathbone standing out as a man who understands but is troubled by the weight of his duty even while others do not and is compassionate enough when the that weight has shifted to offer solace. David Niven's star moved much higher with his performace here, it would still be a few years before he moved into the top ranks but he was done with unimportant roles from this point on. Goulding's direction is steady and assured.
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