Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This first film version of Joseph Kessel's wartime novel L'Equipage was adapted for the screen by its director, Maurice Tourneur. The story focuses on the exploits of a French flying squadron, commandeered by lieutenant Jean Dax. A hothead and a nonconformist, Dax is roundly disliked by everyone except fellow officer George Charlia, with whom he becomes close friends. This relationship is doomed when Charlia falls in love with Dax's wife Camilla Bert. Under normal circumstances, Dax would "demand satisfaction" from Charlia, but war is war, and the two men are obliged to fly off together on a suicide mission. Only one of the two men returns, leaving Bert to grieve over the memory of the other. L'Equipage was remade by Anatole Litvak in 1935, and two years later was refilmed in Hollywood, again by Litvak, as The Woman I Love.
friendship, love, love-triangle, pilot, romance, suicide-mission, war