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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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Brown
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Quincannon
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Hale
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Cook
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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  »

Box Office

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

Composer Max Steiner re-used the main title music he wrote for this film for the main title music for Casablanca (1942), albeit with a slightly different tempo and instrumentation. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Brown: I can't say much for the women though, but, oh, the girls! All Malayan females should be poisoned at 21. Before that, they're... Mmmmmm!
Jock MacKay: But a bit on the dark side, hunh, Brown?
Brown: Oh, yes, they're dark, but the longer you're there, the whiter they get, or that's the way it seems. That didn't bother me, Jock. I'll never forget the first time I saw... We sailed into a little harbor about sundown. The girls all came swimming out, flowere in their long hair, singing and laughing up at us from the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Otac na sluzbenom putu (1985) 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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