The Dawn Patrol. 1930. USA. Directed by Howard Hawks. Screenplay by Dan Totheroh, Howard Hawks, Seton I. Miller, based on a story by John Monk Saunders. With Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Richard Barthelmess, Neil Hamilton. 108 min.
In 1915, Major Brand, commander of the 59th British air squadron in France, experiences guilt over the recent losses of his airmen. Are Allied planes really inferior to German air power? Brand is relieved of his duties and ace flyer Dick Courtney is promoted, but when Courtney turns to the bottle to deal with the pressure, alcohol starts to cloud his judgment. When Brand’s younger brother is killed on a mission under Courtney’s command, Brand vows to avenge his brother’s death. 35mm