Lost Battalion (1960 film)

Lost Battalion (aka Escape to Paradise) is a 1960 black-and-white Filipino war film and love story produced and directed by Eddie Romero, and co-produced by Romero and Kane W. Lynn.[3] Set during World War II, it stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Johnny Monteiro and Diane Jergens. It was later released in the US by American International Pictures as Lost Batallion, on a double feature with Guns of the Black Witch in 1962. The film's ad line read "200 Men and One Girl Trapped in a Ring of Steel!"[4]

Lost Battalion
Directed byEddie Romero
Produced by
Written byCesar Amigo
Eddie Romero
StarringLeopoldo Salcedo
Diane Jergens
Music byLes Baxter
CinematographyFelipe Sacdalan[2]
Distributed byPeople's Pictures (1960) (Philippines)
American International Pictures (1962) (USA)
Release date
17 March 1960 (1960-03-17) (PH)
4 April 1960 (1960-04-04) (UK)
Running time
83 minutes


In the Philippines during World War II, an American major tries to move a guerilla unit and group of American refugees to the coast, so they can be rescued by submarine, all the while trying to avoid capture by the occupying Japanese forces. Leopoldo Salcedo played the handsome Filipino guerilla leader who is in love with a stranded American girl Kathy (Diane Jergens). .


  • Leopoldo Salcedo as Ramon
  • Diane Jergens as Kathy
  • Jennings Sturgeon as Hughes
  • Joe Sison as Pepe
  • Bruce Baxter as Jimmy
  • Rosi Acosta as Pepe's Wife
  • Joe Dennis as Landis


The Philippines were overrun by the Japanese during WW2, and had to resort to guerilla fighting until General Douglas MacArthur made his famous return. The Philippines was liberated in 1945.

This movie also features the main character, Ramon, with Mr. Hughes and his daughter Katherine, both Americans, hiding in a cave and discovered by a primitive band of locals. These are presumed to be the Aeta people, thought to be the original people of the islands. The Aeta are smaller and darker than most Filipinos, and possess dark curly hair that made the Spanish, when they invaded in the 1500s, label them as "negritos".


  1. Ray, Fred Olen (1991). "The New Poverty Row". McFarland and Co. Inc. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. Page 64
  2. http://www.manunuri.com/felipe_sacdalan_unflagging_proponent_of_the_invisible_camera
  3. Ray, Fred Olen (1991). "The New Poverty Row". McFarland and Co. Inc. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. Page 64
  4. Ray, Fred Olen (1991). "The New Poverty Row". McFarland and Co. Inc. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. Page 64

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