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The Dawn Patrol ()

directed by Howard Hawks
featuring Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., James Finlayson, Neil Hamilton, William Janney, Edmund Breon, Gardner James, Clyde Cook

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" ...


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