The Dawn Patrol (1930)

Director
Howard Hawks

Main cast
Richard Barthelmess; Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; Neil Hamilton; Frank McHugh

Genres
Action, War, Drama

Description
World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths.


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