The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess comforts a distraught Douglas Fairbanks Jr in a screencap from The Dawn Patrol (1930)

The Dawn Patrol

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

The Dawn Patrol

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

The Dawn Patrol

 

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

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.

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

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).