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* DressingToDie: The sergeant has been stripped to the waist, as one might expect for a soldier in the Mesopotamian desert. But when he's the only one left, he puts on his full uniform.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: The sergeant has been stripped to the waist, as one might expect for a soldier in the Mesopotamian desert. But when he's the only one left, he puts on his full uniform.

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Desperate for relief, the sergeant sends two men off on foot, carrying all but two of their water bottles. Some time thereafter, the men return--dead, tied to two of the patrol's horses by rope, and [[GoryDiscretionShot apparently]] horribly mutilated.

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Desperate for relief, the sergeant sends two men Jock and Matlow off on foot, carrying all but two of their water bottles. Some time thereafter, the men return--dead, tied to two of the patrol's horses by rope, and [[GoryDiscretionShot apparently]] horribly mutilated.



* WarIsHell: A particularly effective use of this trope, as a random patrol suffers and dies in a place they should not be for a war they have no interest in against an enemy they can't even see.

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* WarIsHell: A particularly effective use of this trope, as a random patrol suffers and dies in a place they should not be for a war they have no interest in against an enemy they can't even see.see.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Brown disappears during the night, leaving a note behind in which he tells the sergeant that he's going to sneak around the perimeter and kill a couple of Arabs in revenge for Jock and Matlow. He is never seen again.

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* FatalFamilyPhoto: Hubert shows the others pictures of his wife. He's picked off not long after. Possibly subverted in that ''everyone'' is getting picked off.


A British patrol manned by Irishmen (this being right before UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution) is off on a mission in Mesopotamia in [[The Great War UsefulNotes/WorldWarI]]. Right after the opening credits, the lieutenant, who is the only officer in the patrol, is shot off his horse. The lieutenant was also the only one who knew what their mission was, so the Sergeant ([=McLaglen=]), who is now in charge of the 12-man patrol, is at a loss. He elects to head across the desert, making for the river, where the main army is supposed to be. It's a ThirstyDesert, so his men are pretty happy when they find an oasis that has both water, food in the form of date trees, and shelter in the form of an abandoned mosque. But when the unseen Arab enemy that is stalking their patrol makes off with their horses during the night, the oasis becomes a trap, and the men of the patrol are stuck in a grim and hopeless battle with an invisible enemy.

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A British patrol manned by Irishmen (this being right before UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution) is off on a mission in Mesopotamia in [[The [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI The Great War UsefulNotes/WorldWarI]].War]]. Right after the opening credits, the lieutenant, who is the only officer in the patrol, is shot off his horse. The lieutenant was also the only one who knew what their mission was, so the Sergeant ([=McLaglen=]), who is now in charge of the 12-man patrol, is at a loss. He elects to head across the desert, making for the river, where the main army is supposed to be. It's a ThirstyDesert, so his men are pretty happy when they find an oasis that has both water, food in the form of date trees, and shelter in the form of an abandoned mosque. But when the unseen Arab enemy that is stalking their patrol makes off with their horses during the night, the oasis becomes a trap, and the men of the patrol are stuck in a grim and hopeless battle with an invisible enemy.


* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGrowYonder: Herbert tells his fellow troopers that his wife delivered a boy, Herbert Jr., who is now two months old. The unit has been in Mesopotamia for over a year. Herbert has not figured this out.

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGrowYonder: AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Herbert tells his fellow troopers that his wife delivered a boy, Herbert Jr., who is now two months old. The unit has been in Mesopotamia for over a year. Herbert has not figured this out.


* ChromsomeCasting: No women.

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* ChromsomeCasting: ChromosomeCasting: No women.

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''The Lost Patrol'' is a 1934 film directed by Creator/JohnFord, starring Victor [=McLaglen=] and Creator/BorisKarloff.

A British patrol manned by Irishmen (this being right before UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution) is off on a mission in Mesopotamia in [[The Great War UsefulNotes/WorldWarI]]. Right after the opening credits, the lieutenant, who is the only officer in the patrol, is shot off his horse. The lieutenant was also the only one who knew what their mission was, so the Sergeant ([=McLaglen=]), who is now in charge of the 12-man patrol, is at a loss. He elects to head across the desert, making for the river, where the main army is supposed to be. It's a ThirstyDesert, so his men are pretty happy when they find an oasis that has both water, food in the form of date trees, and shelter in the form of an abandoned mosque. But when the unseen Arab enemy that is stalking their patrol makes off with their horses during the night, the oasis becomes a trap, and the men of the patrol are stuck in a grim and hopeless battle with an invisible enemy.

The musical score was composed by Creator/MaxSteiner. The opening title music was recycled, with a few changes, when Steiner wrote the score for ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGrowYonder: Herbert tells his fellow troopers that his wife delivered a boy, Herbert Jr., who is now two months old. The unit has been in Mesopotamia for over a year. Herbert has not figured this out.
* BigDamnHeroes: After a heat-addled Abelson wanders out into the desert and gets shot, Morelli charges out into the Arab sniper fire, retrieves him, and brings him back.
* ChromsomeCasting: No women.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Desperate for relief, the sergeant sends two men off on foot, carrying all but two of their water bottles. Some time thereafter, the men return--dead, tied to two of the patrol's horses by rope, and [[GoryDiscretionShot apparently]] horribly mutilated.
* DeathByChildbirth: The sergeant tells Morelli that he was once married and his wife died in childbirth. The sergeant hated the boy at first but grew to love him, and is now worried about what's going to happen to his son now that he's doomed to die in the desert.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: One of the troopers, named Herbert Hale, has named his son "Herbert Hale Jr. the 2nd."
* DwindlingParty: The patrol--12 men and 1 officer--is gradually picked off one at a time by the Arabs. The sergeant is the only one left when relief arrives.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: The sergeant has been stripped to the waist, as one might expect for a soldier in the Mesopotamian desert. But when he's the only one left, he puts on his full uniform.
* TheFundamentalist: Sanders (Boris Karloff), who is religious to the extreme. He urges the other men to save their souls before they're killed by the Arabs, and he yells at one soldier when said soldier is telling tales of his sexual exploits with Malay native girls. Eventually, he completely snaps, dressing up in a sort of John the Baptist outfit and approaching the Arabs with a cross. He's shot for his trouble.
* GentlemenRankers: Pearson is from the upper crust and could have gotten a commission, but he tells the sergeant that he wanted to earn it, so he signed up for the ranks.
* HopeSpot: The patrol has been reduced to its last three men--the sergeant, Morelli, and Sanders (who has cracked and been tied up)--when they are spotted by a British patrol plane. The sergeant and Morelli are giddy with relief, until they see that the pilot is landing outside their perimeter. The pilot gets out of his plane and is immediately shot InTheBack by the Arabs.
* ImpairmentShot: Ableson, standing watch on the edge of the perimeter, is suffering from the heat. The film shows a shot of the dunes shimmering and distorting.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne
--> '''Soldier''': You were troop sergeant major, but you had been broken for being drunk and disorderly, for setting fire to your tent, and appearing on the parade ground with nothing on but your drawers and your Toby.\\
'''Other soldier''': That's a dirty lie. I did not set fire to my tent.
* NewMeat: Pearson, the fresh-faced and hopelessly naive boy who joined up because he wanted adventure out of [[Creator/RudyardKipling Kipling]]. Not surprisingly, he's the first of the enlisted men to be killed.
* NoNameGiven: [=McLaglen=]'s character is only ever referred to as "Sergeant".
* NothingIsScarier: Throughout the movie, the Arabs are killing the men of the patrol one at a time, but they are never seen. They don't pop up until the end, when the sergeant is playing dead. Even then, they're TheFaceless, wrapped up in robes and face masks.
* PlayingPossum: How the sergeant takes out the Arabs at the end. He charges out, sets fire to the plane, and removes its machine gun. He then runs back to the oasis and plays dead. As the Arabs finally rise out of their hiding places in the desert and approach, the sergeant whips out the machine gun and massacres them.
* TheSiege: A particularly grim small-scale version, as the men of the patrol are trapped inside the oasis, being picked off one at a time by the Arabs surrounding them outside.
* SoleSurvivor: The sergeant is the only one left when a British regiment, attracted by the fire he set, arrives. When asked where his men are, the sergeant just points to the graves.
* ThirstyDesert: Played straight at first, with the patrol seeming to be in pretty desperate straits as they wander through the desert, but surprisingly averted afterwards when they find an oasis with more than enough water. After that, they have different problems.
* VideoCredits: At the beginning of the film.
* WarIsHell: A particularly effective use of this trope, as a random patrol suffers and dies in a place they should not be for a war they have no interest in against an enemy they can't even see.

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