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The Dawn Patrol (24-Dec-1938)

Director: Edmund Goulding

Writers: Seton I. Miller; Dan Totheroh; John Monk Saunders

Music by: Max Steiner

Keywords: Drama, WWI

Stationed in France during WWI, young British fighter pilots let off steam between dangerous missions as their commanding officer, Maj. Brand, slowly cracks under the pressure. Excellent performances particularly from Flynn. Nearly a word-for-word remake of Howard Hawks' The Dawn Patrol (1930), also titled Flight Commander, including some borrowed dogfight scenes.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Melville Cooper
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Donald Crisp
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Carl Esmond
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Barry Fitzgerald
10-Mar-1888 14-Jan-1961 Going My Way
Errol Flynn
20-Jun-1909 14-Oct-1959 Robin Hood
David Niven
1-Mar-1909 29-Jul-1983 Pencil-moustachioed actor
Basil Rathbone
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Errol Flynn   ...   Courtney
Basil Rathbone   ...   Maj. Brand
David Niven   ...   Scott
Donald Crisp   ...   Phipps
Melville Cooper   ...   Watkins
Barry Fitzgerald   ...   Bott
Carl Esmond   ...   Von Mueller
Peter Willes   ...   Hollister
Morton Lowry   ...   Donnie
Michael Brooke   ...   Squires
James Burke   ...   Flaherty
Stuart Hall   ...   Bentham
Herbert Evans   ...   Mechanic
Sidney Bracy   ...   Maj. Brand's Orderly
Leo Nomis   ...   Aeronautic Supervisor


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