The Dawn Patrol

movie theater flyer for The Dawn Patrol (1930)

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The Dawn Patrol

By the reaction, it looks like Richard Barthelmess and the dying soldier are embracing in a publicity photo for The Dawn Patrol (1930).  The film won the Oscar for best writing, original story, and was given to John Monk Saunders, husband of 30s scream queen Fay Wray.

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Neil Hamilton as Major Brand in a publicity still for The Dawn Patrol (1930).  Neil went on to play Commissioner Gordon on 120 episodes of Batman (1966-68).

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Richard Barthelmess and Neil Hamilton in a screencap from The Dawn Patrol (1930).  It was remade in 1938 with Errol Flynn, David Niven and Basil Rathbone and using the same aerial combat footage from Howard Hawks’ original.

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Howard Hawks on the set of his first sound film to be released, The Dawn Patrol (1930).  He also served as stunt pilot of one of the German aircraft.

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Howard Hawks on the set of The Dawn Patrol (1930) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Richard Barthelmess.

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Howard Hawks directing Richard Barthelmess on the set of The Dawn Patrol (1930).

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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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).