The Lost Patrol


Meltdown in the desert...

The Lost Patrol review

“The molten sky gloated over them. The endless desert wore the blank look of death...”

The title crawl sets the theatrical tone for John Ford’s antique men-in-a-desert movie, with a band of British WW1 grunts (including Ford regular Victor McLaglen as the gruff-but-fair sergeant and, oddly, Boris Karloff as a Jesus-freak squaddie) picked off by an invisible enemy in the dunes – Arabs as opposed to injuns this time.

But despite some comically stiff acting, it slowly builds into a surreal portrayal of mental meltdown.

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