The Eagle and the Hawk

The eagle is a decorated World War I flying ace (Fredric March) increasingly haunted by all the men he’s shot down; the hawk is his fierce copilot (Cary Grant), who doesn’t mind killing German parachutists in the air on the theory that every fatality gets them closer to victory. You couldn’t ask for a better pair of antagonists: no one does hair-raking moral anguish like March, and Grant gives an atypically stern and humorless performance. Their work propels this well-written antiwar drama (1933), whose strikingly bitter ending would have been unthinkable in Hollywood only a few years later. Stuart Walker directed; with Jack Oakie and Carole Lombard.