The Dawn Patrol
Dir. Howard Hawks. 1930, 108 mins. New 35mm print from The Library of Congress. With Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Neil Hamilton. Hawks’s breathtakingly photographed first talkie is a bracing, unsentimental drama about a group of doomed British World War I aviators. Hawks, a former World War I pilot, would return to the subject of aviation several times over the course of his filmmaking career, most notably in his later masterpiece, Only Angels Have Wings.
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