Bulldog Drummond (1929)

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A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, who believes her uncle is being held hostage.



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Complete credited cast:
Claud Allister ...
Algy (as Claude Allister)
Montagu Love ...
Wilson Benge ...
Charles Sellon ...
Adolph Milar ...
Tetsu Komai ...
Gertrude Short ...
Donald Novis ...
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Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond is a British WWI veteran who longs for some excitement after he returns to the humdrum existence of civilian life. He gets what he's looking for when a girl requests his help in freeing her uncle from a nursing home. She believes the home is just a front and that her uncle is really being held captive while the culprits try to extort his fortune from him. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Colman's voice is the "find" of this all-talking year, rich, amorous, romantic. (Newspaper ad).


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Release Date:

2 May 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amante de Emoções  »

Box Office


$550,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
[in the silence of the club room, the waiter drops a spoon. Slowly the elderly Colonel stands up, and then... ]
Colonel: Pah! The eternal din in this club is an outrage! I ask you, wot?
Algy Longworth: You're perfectly right, Colonel. We ought to complain. Do you know that's the third spoon I've heard drop this month?
Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: Spoons, my hat. I wish that somebody would throw a bomb and wake the place up.
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Followed by Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) See more »


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Mostly of historical interest now.
13 June 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The literary character of Bulldog Drummond has not worn well. Reading the books now, Drummond tends to come across as more of a fascist bully than as a hero. This 1929 movie was Ronald Colman's first in a talkie and he plays the character with his usual charm, honing down the more brutal aspects of the Drummond in the books (although in one scene he does gleefully choke a man to death with his bare hands).

The movie is based on the stage play rather than on the book and the stage origins show. One can almost sense actors waiting for their cue to make an entrance. Colman and Bennett are pretty good in the lead roles but the over acting of Lawrence Grant as the mad doctor is painful to behold.

For collector's it's worth seeing once for the record.

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