The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess sports a stylish haircut as pilot Dick Courtney in The Dawn Patrol (1930).  Richard was also a pilot for Howard Hawks in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr are pilots fighting World War I in The Dawn Patrol (1930).

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Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks prepare for war in The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol (1930) was the first sound film to win an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Story, for John Monk Saunders, although Howard Hawks’ contribution to story and screenplay was significant.

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol (1930) was remade in 1938, almost word for word, and using the same action scenes filmed by Howard Hawks, who was also one of the German pilots.

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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.

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).

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

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newspaper ad for The Dawn Patrol (1930).

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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.

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

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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.

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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.