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The Lost Patrol

  • Film

Time Out says

At first glance, a fairly commonplace war-in-the-desert picture (with Yuma standing in for Mesopotamia), about a British patrol stranded during World War I falling prey to Arab snipers. Three main things distinguish it: Ford's adroit avoidance of 'Foreign Legion' clichés in the characterisation and plotting; Max Steiner's excellent score, which won an Oscar; and Karloff's extraordinary 'expressionist' performance as a soldier convinced that doom is at hand. The latter, in particular, represents an aspect of Ford's work that is often forgotten: a bold use of visual and dramatic stylisation, often associated with religious themes and characters. (From a novel by Philip MacDonald.
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Release Details

  • Duration:74 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:John Ford
  • Screenwriter:Dudley Nichols, Garrett Fort
  • Cast:
    • Victor McLaglen
    • Boris Karloff
    • Wallace Ford
    • Reginald Denny
    • Alan Hale
    • JM Kerrigan
    • Billy Bevan
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