Cinema: The New Pictures Dec. 30, 1929

The Lost Patrol (British). There was material for a masterpiece in the situation of these eleven soldiers on the Sahara desert. They had been riding under sealed orders to an unknown destination. A sniper kills their lieutenant and the Arabs steal their horses. Nothing can save them from dying or being shot down on the colorless sand, under the sun like a furnace door, and die they do, one by one—an artist, a vaudeville trouper, a farmer, a clerk, a wagon driver, a prizefighter, an evangelist. Their reactions to the death sentence and the...

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