William Dieterle’s first American film was written by John Monk Saunders and may be seen as an unofficial sequel to his best-known movie, Hawks’ The Dawn Patrol. The Last Flight, however, is a post-war story and tells of four American ex-fliers and their flight from physical disabilities, mental anguish, and the Great War itself. Their chosen means of escape and, if you will, self-medication is alcohol, more plentiful in Paris than in Prohibition stricken US. Upon leaving a military hospital, Richard Barthelmess and David Manners have this exchange that sets the tone for the entire picture: “What are you going to do?” “Get tight.” “Then what’ll you do?” “Stay tight.” In the course of this flight, they meet a young woman expatriat, kindred spirit fleeing her own personal demons in the same manner. Kikki is played with rare subtlety by Helen Chandler, mostly remembered as Mina in Browning’s Dracula. All this may sound like The Sun Also Rises, but it is more concise and less romanticized than Hemingway.