The Thirteen

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This well-done Russian-style LOST PATROL (1934) focuses on a group of Russian cavalrymen, the commander's wife, and a geologist who are lost in the desert after a battle. They take refuge in an abandoned fort, and some enemies, 200 strong, attack in search of water. Just when all appears to be lost, a cavalry troop rides up to save the day. Though a simple...read more

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This well-done Russian-style LOST PATROL (1934) focuses on a group of Russian cavalrymen, the commander's wife, and a geologist who are lost in the desert after a battle. They take refuge in an abandoned fort, and some enemies, 200 strong, attack in search of water. Just when all appears

to be lost, a cavalry troop rides up to save the day. Though a simple story, THE THIRTEEN is well crafted and exciting, with some excellent performances. Director Romm, given the job of filming this excellent story in the Karakam Desert, had to contend with more than a shortage of money before the

shoot was finished because the terrible desert heat crippled much of his crew. Given a script in August, 1937, and constantly prodded from above, Romm finished filming three months later, setting an example for efficiency and economy other Russian directors would find hard to emulate. His splendid

work did not go unnoticed by Soviet big shots. When Premier Josef Stalin ordered a movie made to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the October Revolution, Romm was called upon to direct it, although he had only made two pictures previously. The basic plot for the picture was reworked by

American screenwriters John Howard Lawson and Zoltan Korda for the Humphrey Bogart-starring film SAHARA (1943). This also served as a basis for the Broderick Crawford film LAST OF THE COMANCHES (1953). (In Russian; English subtitles.)

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