Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol

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Director: Edmund Goulding

Cast: Edmund Goulding, Errol Flynn, David Niven, Basil Rathbone

     
 

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This 1938 remake of Howard Hawks' 1930 film The Dawn Patrol is faithful to the original's basic plotline. The story is set during World War I; the scene is the French headquarters of the British Royal Flying Corps, 59th division. The corps is suffering heavy losses, a fact that ace pilot Courtney (Errol Flynn) ascribes to the supposed ruthlessness of squadron…  See more details below

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This 1938 remake of Howard Hawks' 1930 film The Dawn Patrol is faithful to the original's basic plotline. The story is set during World War I; the scene is the French headquarters of the British Royal Flying Corps, 59th division. The corps is suffering heavy losses, a fact that ace pilot Courtney (Errol Flynn) ascribes to the supposed ruthlessness of squadron commander Brand (Basil Rathbone). What the audience knows that Courtney doesn't is that Brand is distraught at losing his men, but is forced by his own superiors to push the pilots beyond their limits. After being accused day after day of being a butcher, Brand takes grim delight in turning over his command to Courtney. Soon Courtney finds himself enduring the "butcher" tag, especially after the younger brother of his best friend Scott (David Niven) is killed. To redeem himself, Courtney gets Scott drunk and takes his place in a suicidal bombing mission. Courtney is killed, Scott assumes command, and the cycle begins again. The extensive use of combat scenes from the original Dawn Patrol has led some viewers to assume that the 1930 version is the superior of the two. In fact, the remake is far better than the original on several counts, not least of which was the star power of Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone in their third screen teaming.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Dawn Patrol is a good example of how a remake can improve on the original version. John Monk Saunders's Oscar-winning story provides a solid basis for the efforts of screenwriters Seton Miller and Dan Totheroh. Though director Edmund Goulding stays safely within the guidelines of the war genre, Dawn Patrol shows the varying attitudes of the aviators toward combat, and particularly toward enemy pilots. Complementing the material is a star-laden cast led by the charismatic team of Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone, and featuring solid supporting work from David Niven, Donald Crisp, and Melville Cooper. Brought to the screen with Warner Bros.' customary high production values, Dawn Patrol provides an excellent showcase for its stars, representing another winning entry in Goulding's prolific career.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
UPC:
0012569796249
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
4,996

Special Features

Warner Night at the Movies 1938 short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel, musical shorts The Prisoner of Swing and Romance Road, classic cartoon What Price Porky?, trailers of The Dawn Patrol and 1938's Four's a Crowd; Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Capt. Courtney
David Niven Lieut. Douglas Scott
Basil Rathbone Major Brand
Donald Crisp Phipps
Melville Cooper Watkins
Barry Fitzgerald Bott
Michael Brooke Squires
Morton Lowry Donnie Scott
Peter Willes Hollister
Carl Esmond Von Mueller
Stuart Hall Bentham, the Singer
James Burke Flaherty, the Motorcycle Driver
Sidney Bracey Ransom, Brand's Orderly
Douglas Gordon Orderly
Tim Henning Actor
Anthony Marsh Rutherford
Tom Seidel Jones
John Sutton Adjutant
Gordon Thorpe Smythe
Norman Willis German Aviator
Tyrone Brereton Actor
Gilbert Wilson Moorehead
Hal Brazeale Gregory
Herbert Evans Scott's Mechanic
George Kirby Kirby, the Orderly
Leo Nomis Aeronautic Supervisor

Technical Credits
Edmund Goulding Director
Ralph Dawson Editor
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Edwin A. DuPar Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
John Hughes Art Director
Robert Lord Producer
Seton Miller Screenwriter
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Captain L.G.S. Scott Consultant/advisor
Max Steiner Score Composer
Dan Totheroh Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dawn Patrol
1. Credits [:55]
2. Rotten Job [4:28]
3. Not Blaming Anyone [5:38]
4. No Matter How You Write It [3:45]
5. New Orders [3:07]
6. Imagine [2:55]
7. Replacements [6:33]
8. Toasting Scott [5:46]
9. Toasting the Dead [3:10]
10. Back From the Beyond [4:15]
11. Car and Chauffeur [2:39]
12. Von Richter's Challenge [3:53]
13. Two-Man Raid [5:20]
14. Under Enemy Attack [3:27]
15. New Commander [3:56]
16. Younger Brother [4:04]
17. Every Man Flies [4:29]
18. Noisy, Stupid Fun [3:19]
19. Aloft at Dawn [2:20]
20. You Killed Him [4:06]
21. Suicide Mission [4:41]
22. Toasting the Job [5:18]
23. Enemy Target [6:25]
24. Flyboy Salute [2:37]
25. Gentleman's Keepsakes [2:56]
26. You New Men [1:47]
27. Cast List [:32]

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The Dawn Patrol 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnonMI More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie 4 times.  I am buying this DVD because I want my great-grandson to enjoy a movie his late great-grandfather adored.   I want him to see the fantastic airplanes with the bravery of those who did fight in WWI in those toothpick and paper planes (compared to what we have now). My late FIL fought on the German side in WWI and told me some of the stories about when he and his infantry men had to hide and run from these planes, which made this movie even more real to me.