Review: ‘The Lost Patrol’

Not a woman in the cast and substantially little as to story, but under the weight of suspense, dialog and competency of direction Lost Patrol tips the scales favorably as entertainment.

Not a woman in the cast and substantially little as to story, but under the weight of suspense, dialog and competency of direction Lost Patrol tips the scales favorably as entertainment.

All of the action [from the story Patrol by Philip MacDonald] takes place in the Mesopotamian desert during the campaign of the English against militant Arabs in 1917. Outside of the bleak desert, the only other change of scene throughout the picture’s length is the oasis which a patrol, lost after the commanding officer has been killed, discovers. It is here where one by one the men either die or are bumped off by Arabs, until Victor McLaglen is the last.

McLaglen, the sergeant who inherits command of the patrol, turns in a good job in the kind of a part that’s particularly suited to this actor. As a Bible nut, Boris Karloff is on a somewhat different assignment. He gives a fine account of himself.

1934: Nomination: Best Score

The Lost Patrol

Production

RKO. Director John Ford; Producer Cliff Reid (assoc.); Screenplay Dudley Nichols, Garrett Fort; Camera Harold Wenstrom; Editor Paul Weatherwax; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Van Nest Polglase, Sidney Ullman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 74 MIN.

With

Victor McLaglen Boris Karloff Wallace Ford Reginald Denny J. M. Kerrigan Alan Hale
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