Starring – Victor McLaglen (The Sergeant), Boris Karloff (Sanders), Wallace Ford (Morelli), Reginald Denny (Brown).
Released – February, 1934
Directed By – John Ford
Produced By – RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed By – RKO Radio Pictures
Description – World War I is raging and here in the Mesopotamian desert the commanding officer of a small British patrol has just been killed by an Arab sniper. The command of the patrol is now in the hands of the Sergeant who was never informed as to what their mission was.
In an effort to rejoin their brigade, the Sergeant leads his men north where he hopes they will meet. This is a longshot as the Sergeant is unsure of his own position, or for that matter where the brigade may actually be located.
The eleven men reach an oasis where they decide to spend the night. However, that evening one of the sentries is killed and another seriously wounded. Their horses have also been stolen stranding them in the oasis that is now surrounded by the enemy.
One by one, the remaining men are being picked off by the unseen enemy.
NOTABLE: The Lost Patrol received an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Score.
The Lost Patrol is a remake of a 1929 British silent film that starred Victor McLaglen’s brother Cyril McLaglen.
Actor Victor McLaglen actually served with the Irish Fusiliers in Mesopotamia during World War I.