The Lost Patrol

The Lost Patrol

Victor McLaglen
Director: John Ford Cast: Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
, Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, Wallace Ford
Wallace Ford
John Ford


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Previously filmed in 1929, Philip MacDonald's novel Patrol was lensed by director John Ford as The Lost Patrol in 1934. Sergeant Victor McLaglen is in charge of a World War I-era British cavalry regiment, stranded somewhere in the Mesopotamian desert. McLaglen hasn't asked for the responsibility: the commanding officer has been killed by an Arab sniper, leaving McLaglen to take over. One by one, McLaglen's men are picked off as they desperately fend off the enemy, waiting for reinforcements to arrive. The most spectacular death scene goes to Boris Karloff, playing a religious zealot who goes insane and begins marching towards the Arabs while bearing a makeshift cross. Max Steiner's relentless musical theme for The Lost Patrol would later be adapted into his score for Warner Bros' Casablanca. Lost Patrol would itself be adapted as the 1939 western Bad Lands. Originally running 74 minutes, Lost Patrol is now generally available only in its 69-minute reissue form.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2016
UPC: 0888574444228
Original Release: 1934
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 31,843

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor McLaglen The Sergeant
Boris Karloff Sanders
Wallace Ford Morelli
Reginald Denny George Brown
J.M. Kerrigan Quincannon
Billy Bevan Herbert Hale
Alan Hale Cook
Brandon Hurst Bell
Douglas Walton Pearson
Sammy Stein Abelson
Howard Wilson Aviator
Paul Hanson Jock Mackay
Neville Clarke Lt. Hawkins
Francis Ford Actor

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Garrett Elsden Fort Screenwriter
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Cliff Reid Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Sidney Ullman Art Director
Paul Weatherwax Editor
Harold Wenstrom Cinematographer

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