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  • Actors: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AFZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,358 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Ford s epic story of boiling passions amongst the burning sands, in which twelve battered, fighting men battle it out to the death. Set during the First World War, a small British Army group is set out on a mission to the Mesopotamian desert but disaster strikes when their commanding officer is shot by an Arab sniper. Unaware of their intended destination, their Sergeant (Victor McLagen) takes charge and decides to head north to meet up with their brigade. Sheltering at an oasis, they wake up the next morning to discover their lookout dead and their camp surrounded by Arab tribesmen. Left at the mercy of the Arabs and being slowly picked off one-by-one, the men begin to crack under the desert heat and life-or-death situation. As their supplies run low Sanders (Boris Karloff) begins to doubt his sanity but unbeknownst to the soldiers a rescue patrol is only days away...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Made in 1934 before the Hayes code and when experimentation was still fair game - we get an action adventure set in the desert of Mesopotamia during WW 1. A patrol of British soldiers have their officer shot by an Arab sniper and are left to their own devices. The sergeant (Victor MacLagan) leads them north and they chance upon an oasis. They decide to make camp.

In the morning their sentry is dead and their horses are all gone. They find themselves surrounded by an unseen enemy. The heat and the tension takes its toll as do the ever present Arab snipers. Boris Karloff plays a religious man who starts to lose it in a performance that is as scary as it is believable.

This has music form the legendary Max Steiner (`Casablanca') and that in itself is a highlight. Some parts of this may seem dated, but I am fine with that and the development of the characters may seem a bit `we've seen this before', but this did it first and as such you can see its influence right up to contemporary times.

This is the 66 minute version and not the full length 74 minute - which I have never seen. History fans will take umbrage too - like ordinary ranks having sabres etc. I for one really appreciated it for what it is and John Ford really never made a bad film. Recommended to fans of cinema history and those who like a good yarn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor G. Brown on 16 Feb. 2013
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John Ford made this solid directorial effort whilst still making his way up the Hollywood ladder. It has a solid cast, a solid story (british soldiers lost in the desert) and despite some now cliche'd dialogue it is still very watchable due to the excellent direction and a sterling cast of actors includingVictor Mclaglen and Boris Karloff. The locations are convincing enough (no obvious studio sets here) and the action scenes are actually quite brutal for their time (was this before the Hayes code?). For a film that is 80 years old this still stands up pretty well as an action movie.
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No doubt this film would be a scource of some amusement to much of today's cynical and savvy audiences. The script and performances are riddled with cliches, and heaven forbid, it wasn't shot in widescreen, colour or even 5.1 dolby digital sound. How can it stand up in a world where many people dismiss a black and white movie offhand?
However, despite these so called drawbacks it holds, for me at least, a strangely nostalgic feeling for the period. This film is reminiscent of popular gung ho fiction of the time, and oddly of people's attitudes as I remember them.
The music, by Max Steiner, composer for King Kong, Casablanca and many classic films of the period, is terrific.
Altogether, it would be a sorry thing if this little treasure was lost to the sadly Philistine world of today.
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By V. streymoy on 26 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Awesome film, I really enjoyed it. Quick delivery and the item was in perfect condition.
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