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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:
Gripping War Film From the Distant Past See more (44 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)
Max Steiner .... conductor (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:
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:
Revealing mistakes: As the plane is circling the encampment, you can see tire marks in the sand.See more »
Quotes:
Sanders:[after telling the Sergeant that Brown has left] He wrote something in my Bible... for you.
The Sergeant:Deserted, hunh? Insubordinate swine! Bilged out! Left us like a rat when we needed every man! Why didn't you tell me? You're a party to this, you know! Well, get your rifle and get out of here. You take his place.
Sanders:[With a crazed look in his eyes] Yes, Yes, that's it, Sergeant! Yes!
The Sergeant:[Reading Brown's note] 'Sorry, Sergeant, but Quincannon was right. He knocked one off for Jock. I'll get another for Matlow. Taking a long swing to come around behind them. Fine moon tonight. Should be good hunting. Yours contritely, George Brown. P.S. Not a good name, but the best I could think of when I enlisted.'
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Seven Samurai (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's a Long Way to TipperarySee more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Gripping War Film From the Distant Past, 20 July 2006
Author: (chuck-reilly) from Los Angeles

This early John Ford "talkie" (1934) crams in a lot of action and tension in just over an hour. It's the kind of classic film that could stand a good remake considering the subject matter and today's headlines in the Middle East. The plot is simple but effective. A dozen British soldiers on patrol in the Mesopotamian desert are attacked by an unseen force of Arabs. Their commanding officer is killed by a sniper and he was the only person who had knowledge of their exact location in the endless arid landscape. With no hope for reinforcements, the remaining soldiers are soon stranded on an obscure oasis and picked off one-by-one. Victor McLaglen is superb as the ranking sergeant trying to hold his dwindling force together. Boris Karloff is excellent (albeit a bit "over the top") as a religious lunatic who attempts to "convert" his comrades and the enemy to no avail. Adding to the suspense, the bewildered soldiers never see their attackers. The film's larger message regarding the utter futility of war hangs over the proceedings like a funeral shroud---but never gets in the way of the action. The surprising and shattering ending to this tale is one of the most unforgettable moments in 1930s cinema. Ford went on to make bigger pictures, but not too many were better than this one.

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