The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander) (1930)

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In this film, set during WWI, a British Royal Flying Corp squadron commander is compelled by the higher-ups to send his boys out in dangerous, rickety aircrafts. He is tormented by the responsibility, but he does his duty as prescribed and is branded a "butcher" by his top pilot.

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Cast

Richard Barthelmess
as Dick Courtney
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
as Douglas 'Doug' Scott
Neil Hamilton
as Maj. Brand
William Janney
as Gordon 'Donny' Scott
James Finlayson
as Field Sergeant
James Gardner
as Ralph Hollister
Edmund Breon
as Lt. Bathurst
Frank McHugh
as Flaherty
Jack Ackroyd
as Mechanic
Howard Hawks
as Stunt Pilot
Harry Allen
as Mechanic
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Critic Reviews for The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Young recruits are sent airborne toward certain death, but Hawks locates a strange joy in their grim fate.

Sep 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Retains a certain power because of its great aerial footage.

Apr 26, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A thoroughgoing blueprint for Hawksian valor

Jan 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Howard Hawks's compact economy and avoidance of stylistic razzle-dazzle allowed for concentration on storytelling, to great effect.

Aug 1, 2010 | Full Review…

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