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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Hale shows a picture of his baby and says he's two months old. Brown and Morelli both furrow their brows, obviously counting the time they've been in Mesopotamia. By their expressions, they don't think the baby is really Hale's. See more »
The plan is to head toward the river at night, but it is still daylight when the men start out. See more »
[after telling the Sergeant that Brown has left]
He wrote something in my Bible... for you.
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.
[With a crazed look in his eyes]
Yes, Yes, that's it, Sergeant! Yes!
[Reading Brown's note]
'Sorry, Sergeant, but Quincannon was right. He knocked one off for Jock. I'll get another for Matlow. ...
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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 »
Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Played in the score at the end See more »
Despite some flaws, the film still delivers an emotional feeling of helplessness.
John Ford's critically acclaimed film has lost some of its punch, but still delivers an emotional feeling of helplessness, as the lost patrol is menaced by unseen Arabs, and are picked off one by one until few are left. That feeling is reinforced when a rescue airplane lands and the pilot, unaware of the danger, cavalierly walks toward the men, who try to signal him to take cover. But there are bit too many dead spots between the action sequences. And Boris Karloff tends to overact his religious fanatic role, which got on everyone's nerve, including mine. Still, the film is beautifully photographed and has a good Max Steiner score.
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