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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:
Classic film with powerful direction by John Ford 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 | 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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Soundtrack:
God Save the King!See more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Classic film with powerful direction by John Ford, 20 March 2006
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

While the WWI raged in Europe British troops were fighting in a far corner of the world . Small solitary patrols moved over the vast Mesopotamian desert that seemed on fire with the sun . The molten sky gloated over them . The endless desert wore the blank look of death . Yet these men marched on without a murmur , fighting an unseen Arab enemy who always struck in the dark . A brave group (Wallace Ford , Boris Karloff , Reginald Denny) of British cavalrymen lost in the desert are shot by the Arabs , one by one and twelve battered fighting men battle it out to the finish . Dead the official commander they are ruled by the sergeant (Victor McLagen) , then arise boiling passions in the burning sands .

The movie gets brief psychological remarks about diverse character studios , especially the religious fanatic Karloff and although is completely developed on the wide desert , the tale results to be claustrophobic . Produced by RKO with a script by Dudley Nichols , usual Ford's screenwriter . Merian C.Cooper (King Kong) as executive producer intervened profoundly in this film along with main producer Cliff Red . The picture was shot for two weeks (1933) in Yuma desert which represented Mesopotamian desert (Modern Iraq) . The temperature on the Yuma locations could be as hot as 150 degrees and actors were limited to working two hours a day . Philip MCDonald (novel's author being based the movie) had been recruited in the British cavalry during WWI (1917) and he ulteriorly wrote an intrigue and suspense tale , adding his war memories . Also Andrew McLaglen actually served with the Irish Fusiliers in Mesopotamia during World War I at the same time this story takes place . Max Steiner's musical score was nominated for Academy Award . Magnificent direction by the master John Ford and excellent interpretations make this a very good film . Subsequently remade and reworked several times : ¨Sahara¨ (Zoltan Korda) with scenarios in Libya desert ; ¨Bataan¨(Tay Garnett) in Philippines jungle ; ¨Last of Comanches¨ (Andre De Toth) in Califonia desert ; and even part of ¨Flight of Phoenix¨ (Aldrich) in Sahara desert . The motion picture will appeal to cinema classics moviegoers .

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