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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
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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 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 »
The plan is to head toward the river at night, but it is still daylight when the men start out. See more »
What's the use of chewin' the rag about something we might of done?
Right you are, Sarge!
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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There is a short version of the film, with a running time of 66 minutes, prepared for a 1949 reissue. See more »
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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