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With: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford, Reginald Denny, J.M. Kerrigan, Billy Bevan, Alan Hale, Brandon Hurst, Douglas Walton, Sammy Stein, Howard Wilson, Paul Hanson
Written by: Dudley Nichols, Garrett Fort, based on a story by Philip MacDonald
Directed by: John Ford
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 74
Date: 15/02/1934

The Lost Patrol (1934)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Desert Trappings

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Made at RKO on a budget, John Ford's 74-minute action film The Lost Patrol (1934) tells the story of a platoon stranded at an oasis in the Mesopotamian desert, surrounded by a (mostly) unseen band of marauding Arabs.

Victor McLaughlin stars as the sergeant and Boris Karloff plays a wild-eyed religious nut. Ford and his longtime screenwriter Dudley Nichols center on character interaction and keep the action mainly off-camera for a startlingly tense film.

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