Dawn Patrol, The (Warner Bros. 1938, David Niven, Errol Flynn)

Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol is the harrowing tale of WWI British fighter pilots whose jobs are to keep the German planes behind enemy lines. An engaging drama about the stresses and friendships of wartime, with fine performances by an all-star cast. Remake of Howard Hawks’s 1930 version.

The Dawn Patrol is an adaptation of the short story “The Flight Commander” by John Monk Saunders, an author best remembered for writing the novel Wings, the basis for the 1927 film which won the first Oscar for Best Picture.

Graham Greene, who spent much of the 1930’s working as a film critic as well as best selling novelist, said of the movie “a great deal of self-pity and romanticism have gone into the making of this excellent ham sandwich.”

Cast: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Melville Cooper, Donald Crisp, Barry Fitzgerald, Carl Esmond

Director: Edmund Goulding
Producer: Seton I. Miller
Original Story: John Monk Saunders
Director of Photography: Tony Gaudio
Editor: Ralph Dawson
Composer: Max Steiner
Screenwriter: Dan Totheroh
Special Effects: Edwin A. DuPar
Art Director: John Hughes

USA / Warner Bros. / 108 minutes / 1938

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