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The Lost Patrol

The Lost Patrol(1934)

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  • lost patrol

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/17/16

    Those who mistakenly see John Ford as a flag waving yahoo should check out this somber early offering about soldiers lost in the desert, not knowing why they are there, and slowly being destroyed by an enemy in the shadows. Gee, sounds familiar, doesn't it? The script is too talky, with too much foxhole philosophy, but the overall effect is sobering and disturbing, with an ending that offers nothing even remotely resembling closure, let alone triumph. Also, it's nice to see Victor McLaglen back in the day when he was an authoritative actor, playing the sort of sergeant in charge role that Ford would later give to The Duke, once McLaglen had become a rotund clown. Wallace Ford and Reginald Denny offer solid support as subalterns. Unfortunately, I am not as enthusiastic about Boris Karloff's religious zealot as are previous reviewers, feeling that he takes the obvious, scenery chewing path. As for Ford's direction it is visually stunning, as usual, with Death Valley taking the place of Monument Valley. Let's give it a B plus instead of an A minus for that too verbose script and Karloff's overwrought performance.

  • Retitled the Doomed Patrol(1934)

    • nshepard
    • 2/11/13

    Angst filled pic with a patrol of British soldiers who encounter unseen Arab snipers and seek refuge at an Oasis complete with a partial building. The Sergeant(Victor McLaglen) assumes command after the leading officer was killed. They encounter one despaerate situation after another and are driven to near madness. Sanders(Boris Karloff) doesn't have to be driven very far as he is almost a total nutcase(including his strong religious beliefs). Morelli(Wallace Ford)in a dramatic roll delivers a fine performance. Little does he know that in a few years he will be back to the desert and cross path with the "Mummy" another Karloff incarnation. The film promotes a very dark sequence of events so don't look for allot of comic relief. 3.5 stars out of 5. Good performances by all for a film that has a very dark message.

  • Great Movie

    • Anna
    • 7/19/11

    Well done,good performances by all.Karloff is scary enough in this with his crazed character

  • The Lost Patrol

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/12/11

    ***1/2

  • Karloff with any stitches.....

    • George
    • 6/13/08

    Boris made this film shortly after doing the monster in Frankenstein. His character is a far cry from the square foreheaded headliner of Mary Shelley's novel.The movie itself is well worth watching.

  • Victor McLaglen's character

    • Jeffrey Kenison
    • 5/25/08

    My dad and I like Victor McLaglen's character as the sergeant in "The Lost Patrol". The sergeant seems to keep it together and doesn't seem to lose his cool, unlike the rest of the patrol.

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