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The Lost Patrol (1934)

Passed | | Adventure, War | 16 February 1934 (USA)
A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during World War I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screen play), Garrett Fort (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Howard Wilson ... Aviator
Paul Hanson Paul Hanson ... MacKay
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Storyline

A World War I British Army patrol is crossing the Mesopotomian desert when their commanding officer, the only one who knows their destination is killed by the bullet of unseen bandits. The patrol's sergeant keeps them heading north on the assumption that they will hit their brigade. They stop for the night at an oasis and awake the next morning to find their horses stolen, their sentry dead, the oasis surrounded and survival difficult. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Taglines:

BLISTERING SUN...BLAZING BULLETS! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Adventure | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Patrulha Perdida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$254,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (1954 reissue length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 Boris Karloff with a book of poetry about the desert, Paul Hanson's reminiscing about J.M. Kerrigan's and Alan Hale's earlier days in the service, and Victor McLaglen and Wallace Ford sharing cigarettes and recalling their wives and sweethearts. Apparently, a boxing match between Hale and Sammy Stein immediately following the death of Billy Bevan, before they all draw lots, is still missing. See more »

Goofs

The plan is to head toward the river at night, but it is still daylight when the men start out. 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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Alternate Versions

There is a short version of the film, with a running time of 66 minutes, prepared for a 1949 reissue. See more »

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Soundtracks

Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Powell
Played on harmonica by Wallace Ford
Played also in the score
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Lost Interest
4 September 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

During World War I, a British Army patrol loses communication and must fend for itself while dealing with Arab snipers. McLaglen is quite good as the sympathetic leader of the troop. The actor's career would peak the following year with a Best Actor Oscar for "The Informer," another Ford film before he became a reliable member of Ford's stock company of supporting actors. Karloff, taking a break from a string of horror films he was making during the time, is horribly over-the-top as a religious fanatic. The premise of the story is compelling and the desert cinematography is impressive but the uneven script fails to sustain the interest.


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