The Lost Patrol

The Lost Patrol

DVD - 2006
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A terse drama about British cavalryman lost in the Mesopotamian desert during World War I. They are pursued constantly by Arab sharpshooters. When the leader of the patrol is killed, McLaglen takes charge of the eleven ragged survivors. This film established John Ford's reputation as a director internationally.


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Dec 25, 2017

An early (1934 pre-code) masterpiece by director John Ford and actor Victor McLaglen. In the next year they would team up to make the real masterpiece, "The Informer" in which Ford would get his first of four Oscars and McLaglen would get his Oscar for best actor. In this film, a WWI patrol is lost in the middle of the Iraqi desert, lost because their commander dies without telling the patrol where they are, where they are headed, and what their mission is. It is similar to WWI, where nobody really knows what other than stupidity of monarchs started the war. Being pre-code, one of the soldiers revealed he had a child out of wedlock, another suggests that the colored races are inferior to the white race, and another portrays religious fundamentalism as cockamamie spittle.

Feb 28, 2014

When it comes to a "War" picture (this time it being WW1), The Lost Patrol (now 80 years old) was actually quite a bore for the most part._____ This picture's story suffered considerably from too much talk-talk-talk and not enough action._____ As well, it was very racist in its depiction and attitude towards Arabs who were never given a fair chance to be viewed as "real" people. I'd say that the Arabs (who never utter a single word) were even more dehumanized than were the Indians in so many of director John Ford's later pictures._____ Set in the year 1917, one of this film's pluses was its impressive setting which was in the desert. The stark, desolate beauty of this location was very nicely photographed._____ On the other hand, this film's biggest deficit was Boris Karloff as Sanders, the raving, religious nut who spewed out passages from The Bible as if he were doing it while taking a painful crap._____ Filmed in b&w, this picture (with its all-male cast), thankfully, only had a running time of just 72 minutes.


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