In the first world war, chronically outnumbered British pilots go up against Germans, suffer appalling losses, and order out their comrades to near-certain death. They confront a German ace like the Red Barron, socialize amiably with a downed German pilot, and face death with gallows humor and brandy. Erroll Flynn is the star, and does better than average work. Notably good is David Niven’s portrayal of Erroll Flynn’s often-drunk comrade in arms. The Dawn Patrol is a reasonably good and entertaining war movie, and something different to watch.