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Posted by on Jan 30, 2009 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #51

Kick-Back Friday: #51


A fine, early example of a character-driven set piece is John Ford’s The Lost Patrol (1934). In the Middle Eastern theater of WWI, 11 British soldiers are stranded at a Mesopotamian oasis after their commanding officer is shot and their horses are stolen by unseen Arabs. Desert snipers then serially pick off the men during their various displays of bravery, recklessness, and insanity.

Overacting even by his contemporary standards, Boris Karloff nevertheless cuts a striking figure as a religious fanatic before the movie’s climax. The film also features the solidly built Victor McLaglen, who became a staple in Ford’s films.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.