The Dawn Patrol


The Dawn Patrol (1930) was Howard Hawks’ second film in the world of aviation, after the lost silent The Air Circus (1928).  He would visit that world again in Ceiling Zero, Only Angels Have Wings and Air Force.

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The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess as World War I pilot Dick Courtney in The Dawn Patrol (1930).  Richard was also a pilot in Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

The Dawn Patrol

off duty World War I pilots find a pub that doesn’t allow obscene language in The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

newspaper ad for The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol (1930) was the first sound film to win an Oscar for John Monk Sanders for the original story.  John was the husband of cinema’s future scream queen Fay Wray.  Howard Hawks said that the key to the film’s success was that the dialogue was written and spoken naturally and realistically, rather than “hamming it up” as was usually the case in early talkies.

The Dawn Patrol

Neil Hamilton, Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr smile for the camera in a publicity still for The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol (1930) is Howard Hawks’ first sound film to be released and his ninth film as a director.

The Darn Patrol premiered Jul 10, 1930.

The Dawn Patrol

a disagreement between the pilot and his commander in The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

Howard Hawks’ first sound film to be released was The Dawn Patrol (1930).  It was such a big hit that Warner Brothers remade the film in 1938, with Errol Flynn, using the same aerial footage as the original with Howard Hawks himself as one of the stunt pilots.

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess as British World War I flying ace Dick Courtney in a publicity still for The Dawn Patrol (1930).  His part was played by Errol Flynn in Warner Brothers’ 1938 remake.

The Criminal Code


Phillips Holmes and Constance Cummings are sweethearts in The Criminal Code (1931).

The Criminal Code

father gets close to his daughter with daughter’s boyfriend behind the door in a publicity still for The Criminal Code (1931)

The Criminal Code

Phillips Holmes as convict Robert Graham comes before Walter Huston as Warden Brady in The Criminal Code (1931).

The Criminal Code

The Criminal Code (1931) was Howard Hawks’ first film for Columbia studios.  He would have big success there with two Cary Grant films, Only Angels Have Wings and His Girl Friday.  She defied the moral code by falling in love with an inmate.

The Criminal Code

Phillips Holmes is on trial in The Criminal Code (1931).  Phllips was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and died at the age of 35 in a plane collision over Ontario, Canada as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force.   Phillips still managed 39 acting credits in his career, from a 1919 uncredited bit, to 1938 when he chose to fight in World War II.