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The Lost Patrol (1934)

Passed | | Adventure, War | 16 February 1934 (USA)
A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during world war I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

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Cast

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Morelli
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Brown
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Quincannon
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Hale
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Cook
Brandon Hurst ...
Bell
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Pearson
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Abelson
Howard Wilson ...
Aviator
Paul Hanson ...
MacKay
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Storyline

A World War I British Army patrol is crossing the Mesopotomian desert when their commanding officer, the only one who knows their destination is killed by the bullet of unseen bandits. The patrol's sergeant keeps them heading north on the assumption that they will hit their brigade. They stop for the night at an oasis and awake the next morning to find their horses stolen, their sentry dead, the oasis surrounded and survival difficult. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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desert | sergeant | sniper | cavalry | arab | See All (28) »

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BLISTERING SUN...BLAZING BULLETS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Adventure | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

16 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Patrulha Perdida  »

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Budget:

$254,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original release) | (1954 reissue length)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The release of the almost complete version on DVD allows viewers to compare it with the edited 1949 re-release. Eliminated in the shorter version is an early shot of Karloff with a book of poetry about the desert, Hanson's reminiscing about Kerrigan's and Hale's earlier days in the service, and McLaglen and Ford sharing cigarettes and recalling their wives and sweethearts. Apparently, a boxing match between Hale and Stein immediately following the death of Bevan, before they all draw lots, is still missing. See more »

Goofs

As the plane is circling the encampment, you can see tire marks in the sand. See more »

Quotes

Sanders: Brown, you're a gentleman! You've got breeding! You must have faith!
Brown: Why?
Sanders: Why? Why in Heaven's name, man, what do you believe in?
Brown: Would it really interest you? Oh, a lot of things. A good horse, steak and kidney pudding, a fellow named George Brown, the asinine futility of this war, being frightened, being drunk enough to be brave and brave enough to be drunk, the feel of the sea when you swim, the taste and strength of wine, the loveliness of women, the splendid, unspeakable joy of killing ...
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Connections

Referenced in Then There Were Three (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played in the score near the end
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Interesting and gripping desert war tale
7 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in early 1950's in a local movie house that specialized in older movies. Hadn't heard of it before, and was delighted it was so good. A real "sleeper" from the past. I liked it very much then, and 15 or so years later, I caught it on TV, and managed to tape it. A classic soldiers survival story done right under John Ford's direction. The solid group of actors led by Victor McLaughlin do an excellent job here as British soldiers in Mesopotamia during World War I. Unusual role by Boris Karloff is believable. The enemy Arabs are unseen and pick off the soldiers one by one, adding to the suspense and drama. Good character development. I enjoyed it and awarded a "9".


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