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Director:
Writers:
Dudley Nichols (screenplay)
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 »
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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 (screenplay)

Garrett Fort (adaptation)

Philip MacDonald (story "Patrol")

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Cliff Reid .... associate producer
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Wenstrom (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Weatherwax 
 
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 »
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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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Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, SmileSee more »

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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Lost Patrol, 26 December 2004
Author: guidon7 from Gulf Breeze, Florida

Exciting desert warfare film, compelling today, 60 years later. A fine Max Steiner soundtrack with excellent performances by Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Reginald Denny and rest of cast. Unlike Gunga Din (1939) where the British were armed with U.S. Springfield '03 rifles and Colt revolvers of the early 1900's the weapons in Lost Patrol are authentically British WWI -- Lee Enfield rifles, the Lewis Gun from the airplane and it seems the officer's revolver is an Enfield of the period and attached to a lanyard in one scene. I see an underlying theme here that seems to have been overlooked. It is strongly anti-Christian throughout. Karloff as the religious fanatic soon to go mad brings on much of this, but not all. A couple of instances: Karloff reading the religious service over the body of the lieutenant is cut short by McLaglen, "Amen". Karloff confronts Reginald Denny telling of his pleasures of the flesh: "You must have faith!" Denny: "Why?" Karloff cannot answer. When Pvt. Pearson is buried, one suggests building a wooden cross for the grave. McLaglen: "Put his sword there. I think he would like that." Strange direction for John Ford, I would say! I have not read the novel "Patrol" that this film was based on. It would be interesting to learn if this theme is apparent. By the way, Lost Patrol was remade as "Sahara"(1943) with Humphrey Bogart. It is not nearly as good, but at the time it was a good wartime morale booster.

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