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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

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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)
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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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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:Brown, you're a gentleman! You've got breeding! You must have faith!
Brown:Why?
Sanders:Why? Why in Heaven's name, man, what do you believe in?
Brown:Would it really interest you? Oh, a lot of things. A good horse, steak and kidney pudding, a fellow named George Brown, the asinine futility of this war, being frightened, being drunk enough to be brave and brave enough to be drunk, the feel of the sea when you swim, the taste and strength of wine, the loveliness of women, the splendid, unspeakable joy of killing Arabs, the smell of incense and bacon, the weight of a fist, an old pair of shoes, a toothache, triunph...
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Dunes, 23 July 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This is a rip-roaring adventure film set in the Mesopotamian desert during the First World War. It concerns a detachment of British soldiers holed up in a desert camp, where they are picked off one at a time by Arab snipers. Victor McLaglen's the star of the show, and very believable, as he had in fact played this sort of role in real-life, as a soldier, and always looked good in a uniform. The supporting cast, which includes Wallace Ford, Boris Karloff, Reginald Denny and Alan Hale, are all fine. John Ford directed the picture brilliantly, and this is in many ways a transitional film for him. His career had been in second gear for some time, and this one showed that he still had the old fire, and was a big box-office winner, which in turn led the studio to allow him to film his pet project, The Informer, the following year. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Those who regard Ford as a quaint and sentimental pictorialist will be dazzled by this one. There isn't a wasted frame of film here, and the picture moves at a lightning pace. All of Ford's strengths and none of his weaknesses are on display in this one. Much of the action is synchronized to Max Steiner's score, as film music was still in its relative infancy at this time. Somehow this works in the movie's favor, as when McLaglen lurches at another character and the music accompanies his movement in such a way as to evoke King King, which Steiner had scored the previous year. The effect is sometimes frightening and quite powerful.

Ford's sadistic humor comes out in odd and surprisingly frank ways. Karloff's religious fanatic is so over the top that he might have thrown the film off, yet Ford, rather than diminishing the character, decides to give him more screen time. There are moments when the character himself seems to be undermining the film. When he is tied up by the men, having proved himself to be nothing but an utter nuisance, he grins and wails in his captivity like a demented baboon. Karloff's quite funny here, giving the movie a respite from its own seriousness, which is very much needed. The film is, after all, about how men face death, and who's to say which way is the proper one?

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