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4.  During filming both Rathbone and David Niven were called up by the British for military service during WWII.  They were allowed to finish the picture before reporting for duty.

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The 1938 The Dawn Patrol was a new adaptation (remake),  of the 1930 pre-code Hawks directed film.

Warners had the rights to the source material film,  so making the 1938 film with all of their contract players was cost friendly. 

 

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10)  The pilots themselves frequently sing "Hurrah for the Next Man That Dies"—and teach it to their German guest—as a grimly sardonic defiance of death. The song was a popular World War I drinking song.

The lyrics come from a much older poem written in the early 19th century, recording the bravado of British soldiers struck down by the plague in India.

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Next:   Night of the Iguana  ('64)

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8.  Cyril Delevanti was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the dying poet Nonno (the grandfather of Deborah Kerr's character in the film). Before this film the vast majority of Delevanti's many previous film roles had been small and uncredited; after it (apart from an uncredited role in Mary Poppins) he received onscreen credit for all his remaining roles.

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