My Old Addiction

The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

STUART WALKER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  .  Screenplay by , , based on a story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s Angels.    and  play army buddies whose friendship is ruined when March recommends Grant not be given the opportunity to fly planes in World War I because he is a danger to himself and his unit.  Grant never forgives him for this until some time later when he is assigned to serve under March on the battlefield and finds his friend suffering a bad case of shell-shock.  has a terrific supporting role as a gorgeous dame who provides March a few moments of softness and beauty after he attends a society party in London (complete with fur-trimmed Travis Banton gown), but this is only a stopgap before the man reaches the end of his emotional rope.  The film puts across a great deal of sincere drama in very little time for a story that would have been banned a few years later as America geared up for another war.  The ridiculously dour ending seems more than a bit corny now, but the photography is gorgeous and the acting is great for a movie made in the still awkward early days of sound.

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