Movie Of The Day: The Dawn Patrol (1938)

Sorry it’s taken so long for a new “Movie Of The Day”. I’ve been quite busy in real life and trying to catch up with the plethora of movie-related news on the site.

Who said remakes were a recent trend? The Dawn Patrol, a World War I movie directed by Edmund Goulding (A Night At The Opera), is based on an eponymous film helmed by Howard Hawks (Scarface) a mere eight years before. Adapted by Seton I. Miller (Pete’s Dragon) and Dan Totheroh (The Devil And Daniel Webster), The Dawn Patrol is set in 1915 and relates theĀ routineĀ of fighter pilots enrolled in the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps, focusing primarily on two of its members.

The film stars some of the era’s biggest names, including Errol Flynn (The Adventures Of Robin Hood), David Niven (The Guns Of Navarone) and Basil Rathbone (a dozen Sherlock Holmes movies in the 30s-40s). Trailer and review after the jump.

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