The Dawn Patrol (1938)

The Dawn Patrol





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Movie Info

This film is set during WWI; the scene is the French headquarters of the British Royal Flying Corps. The corps is suffering heavy losses, and ace pilot Courtney blames squadron commander Brand. What Courtney doesn't know is that Brand's superiors are forcing him to push the pilots beyond their limits.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Seton I. Miller, Dan Totheroh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
Warner Bros.


as Courtney

as Scott

as Major Brand

as Phills

as Von Mueller

as Hollister

as Johnnie Scott

as Flaherty, the Motor...

as Bentham, the Singer

as Scott's Mechanic

as Ransom, Brand's Orde...

as Adjutant

as Kirby, the Orderly

as Orderly

as Russell, the Replac...

as German Aviator

as Moorehead

as Rutherford

as Aeronautic Superviso...

as Gregory
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Critic Reviews for The Dawn Patrol

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Competent remake of the 1930 Howard Hawks film of the same title.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Dawn Patrol

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

From the era when being an aviator was cool. Anti-War film in the sense that the strain of combat and the haunting pain of loosing friends in battle is not hidden from the audience, but still seen as heroic and worth the risk. Young Niven and Flynn stand out here. Seen it years ago, need to see it again to make a better/fair evaluation

Black Snake

I always love a good World War One drama. Especially this one with Errol Flynn. It was a little slow for me sometimes but overall it was pretty good. The dogfight scenes were wonderful.

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