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The Lost Battalion (1919)

A battalion of the U.S. Army's 77th Division penetrates deep into the Argonne Forest of France during the First World War. The battalion becomes surrounded and holds out for six long days, ... See full summary »


Burton L. King (as Burton King)


Charles Logue (authorized adaptation by) (as Charles A. Logue)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Alexander Robert Alexander ... Himself (as Major General Robert Alexander)
George G. McMurtry George G. McMurtry ... Himself (as Major George G. McMurtry)
Charles W. Whittlesey Charles W. Whittlesey ... Himself (as Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey)
William J. Cullen William J. Cullen ... Himself (as Capt. William J. Cullen)
Arthur F. McKeogh Arthur F. McKeogh ... Himself - Adjutant to Lt. Col. Whittlesey (as Lieutenant Arthur F. McKeogh)
Augustus Kaiser Augustus Kaiser ... Himself (as Lieut. Augustus Kaiser)
Jack Hershkowitz Jack Hershkowitz ... Himself (as Private Jack Hershkowitz)
Philip Cepaglia Philip Cepaglia ... Himself (as Corporal Philip Cepaglia)
Herman J. Bergasse Herman J. Bergasse ... Himself (as Sergeant Herman J. Bergasse)
J.J. Munson J.J. Munson ... Himself (as Private J.J. Munson)
Abraham Krotoshinisky Abraham Krotoshinisky ... Himself (as Private Abraham Krotoshinisky)
Jack McLean Jack McLean ... The Kicker
Gaston Glass ... Richard Merwin's Son
Marion Coakley Marion Coakley ... Nancy Brystal - Richard Merwin's Ward
Lieutenant Jordan Lieutenant Jordan ... Himself - An Officer Friend


A battalion of the U.S. Army's 77th Division penetrates deep into the Argonne Forest of France during the First World War. The battalion becomes surrounded and holds out for six long days, awaiting reinforcement and rescue. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

2 July 1919 (USA) See more »

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MacManus Corporation See more »
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1.33 : 1
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As much as possible, the enactment of the events were made with the original people who survived. Actual maps and documents were used in the film, which was authorized by the U.S. Government. Some footage by the U.S. Signal Corps was also used in the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Library of Congress preservation print has an uncredited piano score and runs 67 minutes. See more »


Remade as The Lost Battalion (2001) See more »

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more social commentary than derring-do
8 August 2018 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

I suspect that anyone who enjoyed the 2001 television film of the same title and on the same subject would be rather disappointed by this film featuring the real people concerned. On the other hand many people who would be totally uninterested in the 2001 film will enjoy this. Burton King really rather brilliantly turns the whole story into a kind of allegory of "melting pot" America (less than half the film is concerned with the famous battle) - and bear in mind that the term "melting pot" had only come into use in 1908 but proved vital to US propaganda during he war. It is actually a remarkable social docufiction as, amongst the existing reviewers, only the Geman Count sems to appreciate (as he would), for which the wartime tale of derring-do simply provides the occasion.

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