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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue on DVD
Warner Bros. remade THE DAWN PATROL in 1938 and that version, directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Errol Flynn, David Niven and Basil Rathbone has become a great classic. However, this earlier version is a worthy film too, and it supplied most of the air combat footage that was reused in the 1938 version.

The 1930 version was directed by Howard Hawks and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh though
Some of these actors need to go to acting school. They clearly overdid the facial expressions failed in their attempts to portray severely stressed RFC pilots. At one point I couldn't help thinking that the cast in the last school play in my children's school did a more believable job of acting. Good for a laugh though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue on DVD, July 6, 2013
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Warner Bros. remade THE DAWN PATROL in 1938 and that version, directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Errol Flynn, David Niven and Basil Rathbone has become a great classic. However, this earlier version is a worthy film too, and it supplied most of the air combat footage that was reused in the 1938 version.

The 1930 version was directed by Howard Hawks and stars Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Neil Hamilton. That such a film could be stashed in the Warner closet when the newer version was released can only be explained by one consideration: money. They didn't want the older film competing with the newer one with the newer stars. When Warner Home Video released the 1938 version on DVD I was really surprised that they didn't include the 1930 version. Now, at last, we have the 1930 version too on the Warner Archive label. I could wish for a full restoration, but I'm thankful to have it at all.

The films are so similar that they are often confused. The dialogue is almost line for line the same and, as I've already pointed out, much of the combat and location footage from the 1930 version was reused in the 1938 version. But they do have differences too, which makes a comparison interesting.

The story concerns young officers of the Royal Flying Corps (the RAF of the day) flying fragile planes into combat, frequently with very little training. The original title of the story was THE FLIGHT COMMANDER and it is very much about the emotional toll taken on the young commander (Hamilton) stuck in a desk job sending other young men into combat when he'd much rather be going with them. As the story progresses promotion or death causes the command to be passed from one character to another and each has to deal with the impossible situation in his own way.

The cast of the 1938 version had appropriate British accents (a bit Aussie in Flynn's case) which helps to establish that this is a British squadron. However, the 1930 cast, though decidedly American, is mostly younger. (Actually, Barthelmess was 35, Flynn was 28, but Barthelmess looks younger.) They give a strong image of the very young men, barely more than boys, who were caught up in the horror of an unexpectedly modern war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early actioner, April 22, 2014
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This early actioner, telling the story of pilots in WW1, is well directed by Hawks (as always), but the script is too talky. The technique
wasn't ready at that time, to solve the problems in the air. Interesting anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars watch this movie and you'll hear the authentic sounds of those Gnome rotary engines, October 2, 2013
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There's more talking than flying in this great old film, but the brief air combat episodes are worth waiting for... wonderful scenes of pilots in their Nieuport 28s gunning and blipping the engines prior to takeoff at dawn, banking and zooming against DVIIs, and yawing and side slipping in to land. WWI and classic aero buffs will like this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great WW 1 buddy epic, August 25, 2013
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While acknowledging the often stiff and stuffy elements of the story and action, I found myself deeply involved with the characters. Barthelmess is a little stiff, but Douglas Fairbanks Jr is great as a fearless ace in this WW I film. The flimsy airplanes that visibly wobble in the wind are the real thing, as are the great dogfights. One major drawback is the image quality-very soft and muddy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first!, July 30, 2013
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This is a great movie about how responsibility weighs harder on the shoulders of those who get stuck with it....

It's interesting to see the 1930 original when the 1938 Errol Flynn remake is so much easier to get hold of (many of the flying sequences in this movie were reused in 1938).
It's also interesting to see the take on the Great War in the air as shown in films like this, also Wings and Hells Angels......
brilliant stunt flying - and who knew that France looked so much like Southern California? ;-)
This is a good movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh though, December 13, 2014
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Some of these actors need to go to acting school. They clearly overdid the facial expressions failed in their attempts to portray severely stressed RFC pilots. At one point I couldn't help thinking that the cast in the last school play in my children's school did a more believable job of acting. Good for a laugh though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice, October 5, 2014
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