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Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 15 August 1934 (USA)
Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone.... See full summary »

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Roy Del Ruth

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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Henry Lehrman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
Loretta Young ... Lola Field
Warner Oland ... Prince Achmed
Charles Butterworth ... Algy 'Mousey' Longworth
Una Merkel ... Gwen
C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel Alfred Reginald Neilsen
Arthur Hohl ... Dr. Sothern
George Regas ... Singh
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Field
Mischa Auer ... Hassan
Douglas Gerrard ... Parker - Drummond's Valet
Halliwell Hobbes ... First Bobby
E.E. Clive ... Bobby With Mustache
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Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone. He finds none, but he does find a body - which disappears when he summons a bobby. Bodies keep disappearing as Drummond keeps summoning the authorities, particularly his long-suffering upstairs neighbor, Captain Nielsen; the ever faithful Algy also finds his wedding night disrupted by, among other things, some emergency code-breaking. And of course, there's a beautiful woman (there's always a beautiful woman in the case), Lola, who turns out to be the daughter of the dead man who started all this. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le retour de Bulldog Drummond See more »

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20th Century Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The two leads in this movie Ronald Colman and Loretta Young would win their only Academy Award in the same year in 1947. Ronald Colman would win Best Actor for A Double Life (1947) and Loretta Young would win Best Actress for The Farmer's Daughter (1947) See more »

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Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: You, my dear fellow - you are one of the most engaging blackguards I have ever encountered.
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BULLDOG DRUMMOND Strikes Back (Roy Del Ruth, 1934) ***
21 January 2014 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This was Ronald Colman's second and last appearance as Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond - although there were a couple of unrelated Drummond films since the 1929 original - and, while made at a different studio (Fox as opposed to Goldwyn), the film-makers seem to have learned their lesson by approaching the whole as if it were a spoof on the genre (in my review of the earlier film, I had criticized the star's unflappable nature for being incongruous with the melodramatic narrative involved)!

Incidentally, I was initially disappointed to find here a very similar plot of a girl's extended relatives (these damsels-in-distress never seem to have parents, siblings or even boyfriends, only elderly – read: useless – uncles and aunts!) being victimized by the villains for some reason or other...but the denouement of this one does contrive to expose a foreign potentate's nefarious plot to infect the United Kingdom with cholera (again, the necessity to think big in this department has, sensibly, been taken in stride). Interestingly, the chief heavy here is none other than Warner Oland – concurrently engaged to play famed Oriental sleuth Charlie Chan in a long-running series at the same studio!

Anyway, Colman has not only changed his 'home' here but also his central sidekick, Algy – resulting in a less buffoonish, and amusingly laid- back, interpretation by Charles Butterworth (he spends the entire movie, which unfolds during a single night, coming and going, at Drummond's behest, to his patient brand-new wife Una Merkel); even the leading lady (Loretta Young) is, for lack of a better word, more up his alley...though she still does little more than look frightened and faint! Another notable character, who would become a fixture of the series when it moved over to Paramount, is that of Col. Neilson (a typically splendid C. Aubrey Smith, who would reunite with Colman on his best film i.e. the definitive 1937 version of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA) – whose slumber Drummond frequently interrupts with tall tales of murder and intrigue, only to have the evidence subsequently disappear on him (years before the comedy team of Abbott & Costello made this a classic routine)! So flustered does the elderly Scotland Yard man become with the hero's 'ravings' that he appoints two 'bobbies' (one of them being archetypal British 'twit' E.E. Clive) to prevent him from further importuning Oland at his mansion; still, this whole business leads to delightfully Hitchcockian sequences in which Drummond actually finds the police's intervention a blessing!

The extended climax, too, is wonderful: having rescued the heroine and her aunt beforehand from the oblivious baddies, the imprisoned Drummond then takes pleasure in disorienting Oland & Co. (including Kathleen Burke from ISLAND OF LOST SOULS {1932} as the evil Prince's daughter – exotically made-up but given little to sink her teeth into, though she is involved in the movie's biggest laugh-out-loud moment when forced to take shelter behind a settee with one of her minions upon entering Colman's house to kidnap a wary Young! – and an unrecognizable Mischa Auer) by phoning from the dungeons to let them in on his supposed feats in liberating the captives!; eventually, he and Algy escape detention and race to the docks to destroy the contaminated vessel – with Oland bowing out by his own hand, having graciously conceded defeat. The "Bulldog Drummond" series was singled out by the late British film critic Leslie Halliwell among his second batch of favourites, yet he opted for a title from the lesser later efforts, BULLDOG DRUMMOND COMES BACK (1937), rather than either of the character's initial Talkie adventures! For the record, I still have 18 of Colman's vehicles lying unwatched in my collection...and a future 1947 entry in the series landed the exact same title as this one (a curious fate which also befell BULLDOG DRUMMOND AT BAY)!!


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