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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

The Eagle and the Hawk





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Eagle and the Hawk is a "war is hell" saga slightly reminiscent of All Quiet on the Western Front. Fredric March plays a British World War One flying ace suffering from emotional fatigue. March's happy-go-lucky pilot buddy (Cary Grant) tries to help his friend forget his problems by accompanying him on leave in London. March meets a beautiful young lady (Carole Lombard), to whom he pours out his problems and with whom he has an implicit affair (made even more discreet when this film was edited for reissue). Tortured by the memory of the his fallen comrades and by the men he's killed in battle, March finally breaks and commits suicide. To save his friend's reputation, Cary Grant props March's body up in the cockpit of his plane, flies the craft into the air, and makes it appear that March died while shooting it out with a German ace.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 1997
Paramount Pictures


Fredric March
as Jerry H. Young
Cary Grant
as Henry Crocker
Carole Lombard
as The Beautiful Lady
Guy Standing
as Maj. Dunham
Jack Oakie
as Mike Richards
Kenneth Howell
as John Stevens
Leyland Hodgson
as Kingsford
Virginia Hammond
as Lady Erskine
Douglas Scott
as Tommy Erskine
Jacques Jou-Jerville
as French General's Aid...
Ken Howell
as John Stevens
Russell Scott
as Flight sergeant
Paul Cremonesi
as French General
Yorke Sherwood
as Taxi driver
Olaf Hytten
as Story-Telling Office...
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Critic Reviews for The Eagle and the Hawk

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

An unheralded near-masterpiece, The Eagle and the Hawk is among the strongest antiwar statements put on film.

Full Review… | February 25, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Eagle and the Hawk

Wow what a great film. I've never heard of this film and they premired it on TCM the other day and what a treat. The acting is great all around(Oakie,Lombard,and one of Grant's first films) with Fredric March as a standout. The look of the film is great and they mix WW1 documentery footage that works really well. Great story and dialogue with a fantastic ending. One of the best war films of it's time, it's real hidden Gem.

cody franklin

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It's funny to see a movie that refers to Cary Grant as a "new comer," but in this movie, he was certainly that. The Eagle and the Hawk an early pre-code, anti-war film, that is surprisingly effective. Fredric March plays the stereotypical, happy-go-lucky American fighter pilot, surrounded by Brits, during the peak of WWI; he is soon exposed to the harsh reality of warfare and struggles to deal with it. Carol Lombard has a small role as a socialite who "comforts" the disturbed March one night while he is on leave; which she does, as always, with classic elegance. Grant, though young, does a nice job as the foe turned friend of March. But this movie completely belongs to March. He carries it in every way possible and acts circles around the more inexperienced members of the cast. His transformation of the character is amazing, proving that his caliber as an actor is something that has seldom been matched since.

Laken Bowles

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