The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander)
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The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander)
Set during World War I, The Dawn Patrol is a study of the pressures and pitfalls of authority. A British Royal Flying Corp squadron commander (Neil Hamilton) is compelled by the higher-ups to send his boys out in dangerous, rickety aircraft. He is tormented by the responsibility, but does his duty as prescribed, and is branded a "butcher" by his top pilot (Richard Barthelmess). Hamilton is transferred, and with grim glee hands his command over to Barthelmess. Suddenly Barthelmess finds himself as much an unwilling "butcher" as a predecessor, and in exercising his authority… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Young recruits are sent airborne toward certain death, but Hawks locates a strange joy in their grim fate."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Howard Hawks's compact economy and avoidance of stylistic razzle-dazzle allowed for concentration on storytelling, to great effect."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Retains a certain power because of its great aerial footage."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A thoroughgoing blueprint for Hawksian valor"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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