The Dawn Patrol

  • Film
  • Drama
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A group of men doing what men have to do during World War One, with a characteristically Hawksian emphasis on professionalism, self-respect and loyalty: Brit pilots Barthelmess and Fairbanks respond to German taunts about their flying prowess by massacring a squadron, thus incurring the displeasure of commander Hamilton, who points out the need to act more responsibly. If the early recording techniques in Hawks' first talkie entail a stiltedness in dialogue and performance, he compensates by contrasting the claustrophobic psychological tension of the interior scenes with the liberating, expertly shot action of the aerial footage (so good that it was used again in Goulding's 1938 remake).

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Howard Hawks
Screenwriter: Dan Totheroh, Seton I Miller
Cast: Richard Barthelmess
Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Neil Hamilton
William Janney
Gardner James
Clyde Cook
James Finlayson
Frank McHugh
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