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Date: 1927
Type: Action / War
Rating: 4 Stars 4/5
Colour: Black and White / Silent
Director: William Wellman

Two young men (Jack Powell and David Armsrrong) are in love with the same rich girl (Jobyna Ralston) , whilst ignoring the homely girl next door (Clara Bow). When America joins World War 1, they join up and become fighter pilots. Their rivalry for the girl threatens their friendship.The highlight of the film are the airiel flying scenes which make up for the predictable plot. Clara Bow brings glamour and excitement to the film. There is a a small early role for Gary Cooper. The film is known for being the first winner of the the Oscar for Best Picture. It is unusual in being one of only a few films that have won best picture, without having any other nominations and is only one of two silent films to win Best Picture (The Arrtst was the other).


Charles RogersCharles Rogers
Richard ArlenRichard Arlen
Clara BowClara Bow
Jobyna RalstonJobyna Ralston
El BrendelEl Brendel
Richard Tucker
Gary CooperGary Cooper


Won - Best Picture

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