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Director:
Writers:
Dudley Nichols (screen play)
Garrett Fort (adaptation)
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Release Date:
16 February 1934 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
BLISTERING SUN...BLAZING BULLETS! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during world war I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
The Lost Patrol (1934) ***1/2 See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor McLaglen ... The Sergeant

Boris Karloff ... Sanders
Wallace Ford ... Morelli

Reginald Denny ... Brown
J.M. Kerrigan ... Quincannon

Billy Bevan ... Hale

Alan Hale ... Cook
Brandon Hurst ... Bell
Douglas Walton ... Pearson
Sammy Stein ... Abelson
Howard Wilson ... Aviator
Paul Hanson ... MacKay
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... Last Arab (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Rescue Patrol Colonel / Arab Shot By Sergeant (uncredited)
Neville Clark ... Lieutenant Hawkins (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Arab (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screen play)

Garrett Fort (adaptation)

Philip MacDonald (from the story "Patrol" by)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Cliff Reid .... associate producer
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Wenstrom (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Weatherwax (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Sidney Ullman 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... sound (as P.J. Faulkner)
Clem Portman .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... process photography (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louie Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
James Lee Davis .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Spivack .... music recordist
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frank Baker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... utility man (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:73 min (original release) | USA:66 min (1954 reissue length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1345-R, re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
McLaglen actually served with the Irish Fusiliers in Mesopotamia (Modern Iraq) during World War I at the same time this story takes place. He eventually rose to be Provost Martial of Baghdad.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As the plane is circling the encampment, you can see tire marks in the sand.See more »
Quotes:
The Sergeant:What's the use of chewin' the rag about something we might of done?
Morelli:Right you are, Sarge!
The Sergeant:Yeah, I know what you're thinkin'. Perhaps I've done everything wrong! Perhaps this and perhaps that! But what I've done I've done, and what I haven't, I haven't!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Then There Were Three (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Save the King!See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Lost Patrol (1934) ***1/2, 14 April 2005
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

The second film version of an archetypal adventure story is arguably the best despite some dated elements; John Ford deftly handles the proceedings and Max Steiner's stirring score - which at times foreshadows his later one for CASABLANCA (1942) - is a major asset. The solid cast of character actors is highlighted by Boris Karloff's remarkable turn as a religious fanatic who is slowly driven crazy by the amorality of his comrades and the futility of their struggle against unseen Arab attackers. The film can not only be seen to form part of the "British Empire" sub-genre of adventure films - with THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER (1935), THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936), THE FOUR FEATHERS (1939) and GUNGA DIN (1939) being its most notable contemporary examples - but, if one were to stretch it a bit, also paves the way for more modern stuff like John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976). It's unfortunate that nowadays, only the 66-minute reissue version seems to be available rather than the original, full-length 74 minute version. Over 20 years ago, I missed my one opportunity to watch this one on Italian TV and have been on the lookout for it ever since; however, I did manage to catch two similarly-themed wartime actioners, BATAAN (1943; with Robert Taylor) and SAHARA (1943; with Humphrey Bogart) over the years which were quite good in their own right. Curiously enough, Cyril McLaglen had played the same part played here by his brother Victor in the earlier 1929 British film version.

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