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Dawn Patrol

The commanding officer of a WWI British air squadron captain is forced to send inexperienced pilots up against German aces in this Oscar® winning classic from director Howard Hawks.



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5.0

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        5.0

        " L' AS DES AS "

        By J.Gabin

        from Pasadena, CA

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              Comments about Dawn Patrol:

              The print is not so bad still there are lots of white specks, a few bad frames, and image quite damaged, but contrast and black level are quite good regarding the age of the "film".
              However the audio track comes with one minor issue:" very noisy" but at least clear enough.
              So still very watchable print.

              HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The original long overdue on DVD

              By greenbox91

              from Sewell, New Jersey

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              Pros

              • A Classic's Classic
              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value
              • Original

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                Comments about Dawn Patrol:

                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.

                This is the first review I've submtted to Warner Archive since they revised the submission form. Under "Best Uses" one of the options is "In the Car." HEAVEN HELP US!!! Please, don't anyone think of watching a good movie in the car! Watch them where you can give them yor full attention. They're works of art and deserve no less.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                at long last

                By old movie buff

                from pittsburgh, pa

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                • Action-packed
                • Classic

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                  Comments about Dawn Patrol:

                  i too have seen the errol flynn remake, and i always thought it was among his best work, and the whole cast is great: david niven and especially basil rathbone, for once not playing an outright villan. i always wanted to see the original and a great story is a great story, but i fear it does suffer a bit in comparison. it is a very early talkie, and i think neil hamilton was a much better actor even a year or two later in What Price Hollywood, and richard bartelmess, whom i adored in silents, and doug fairbanks jr would also be much more relaxed in a very short period of time than they are in Dawn Patrol. but please don't think i didn't enjoy this film, it still has power and the footage of the flying missions is superb.

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                  5.0

                  The Best of All World War I Flying Epics

                  By Waardvark

                  from San Diego, CA

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                  • Action-packed
                  • Classic
                  • Suspenseful
                  • Taut

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                    Comments about Dawn Patrol:

                    The 1938 remake of this film starring Errol Flynn has long been available in both VHS and DVD formats, but this is the superior movie, by far and away. The Dawn Patrol was the first sound movie directed by Howard Hawks, a master of the action genre and one of the greatest of American directors. The DVD is excellent! Although The Dawn Patrol is an early talkie, the dialogue is very easy to follow, and there is minimal noise on the sound track. The visuals are nice and sharp,preserving the nuances of a superb job of photography by Ernest Haller.

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