Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2013
Warner Archive freshens up the 1930 original 'The Dawn Patrol' starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (pictured)
The 1938 version of the World War I drama "The Dawn Patrol" starring Errol Flynn has overshadowed the 1930 original. But the first "Dawn Patrol" is getting a new day thanks to Warner Archive, which has just released a remastered DVD of director Howard Hawks' first talkie. Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. play ace British pilots who blame their commander (Neil Hamilton) for the squadron's heavy casualties. The tables are turned when Barthelmess is given the commander position. Howard Hughes sued Warner Bros., saying that "Dawn Patrol" plagiarized his 1930 World War I epic, "Hell's Angels," but lost.