IA #16: The Dawn Patrol (1938)

 The Dawn Patrol (1938) on IMDb

Imagine Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone and David Niven working together – can you imagine any three more dashing British* heroes? The Dawn Patrol was the only movie where they portrayed comrades, in this case Royal Flying Corps fighter pilots in World War I.

This was a remake of a 1930 film of the same name, and was co-written by Seton Miller, the original’s screenwriter. It also reused some of the aerial footage of the first movie. But its better-developed characters, action and star power make this version the one that landed on the Internet Archive Top 100.

*Flynn was born in Australia, but he was educated in England and seems pretty darned British to me.