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The Dawn Patrol

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Major Brand (Basil Rathbone), the commander of the 59th division of the British Royal Flying Corps in 1915 France, is frantic over the many casualties his squadron has suffered. When Captain Courtney (Errol Flynn) and his buddy Scott (David Niven) lose another of their best friends in a dangerous mission, Courtney lashes out at Brand, who hands Courtney the reins. Now in control, Captain Courtney soon sees things from Brand's perspective as more good men are killed in the line of duty.

Cast

Errol Flynn
as Courtney
Basil Rathbone
as Major Brand
Carl Esmond
as Von Mueller
Peter Willes
as Hollister
Morton Lowry
as Johnnie Scott
James Burke
as Flaherty, the Motorcycle Driver
Stuart Hall
as Bentham, the Singer
Herbert Evans
as Scott's Mechanic
Sidney Bracey
as Ransom, Brand's Orderly
John Sutton
as Adjutant
George Kirby
as Kirby, the Orderly
Tim Henning
as Orderly
John Rodion
as Russell, the Replacement
Norman Willis
as German Aviator
Gilbert Wilson
as Moorehead
Anthony Marsh
as Rutherford
Leo Nomis
as Aeronautic Supervisor
Hal Brazeale
as Gregory
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  • Jun 20, 2012
    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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