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Bulldog Drummond (1929)

A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, whose uncle is being held hostage by embezzlers.

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(based on the international stage success by) (as 'Sapper'), (adapted for the talking screen by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Algy (as Claude Allister)
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Peterson
Wilson Benge ...
Danny
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Irma Peterson
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John Travers
Adolph Milar ...
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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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He went to a mysterious tryst armed only with a toothbrush and a gun. He didn't have to use the toothbrush. (Print Ad-St. Paris News-Dispatch, ((St. Paris, Ohio)) 3 October 1929) See more »


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2 May 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amante de Emoções  »

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$550,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,600,000
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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Goldwyn paid $100,000 for the screen rights. See more »

Goofs

The players in the opening credits are set out in the form of a theatre programme. However, notwithstanding the film takes place in England, the spelling on the programme is the American 'program'. See more »

Quotes

[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 Strikes Back (1947) See more »

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(I Says To Myself Says I) There's The One For Me
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Written by Harry Akst and Jack Yellen
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Very good early talkie
8 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

VERY early talkie from 1929. It stars Ronald Colman as a wealthy WW1 veteran--Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond. He sets out to help people in trouble. He gets a letter from the mysterious Phyllis (Joan Bennett) who believes her father is being held against his will and tortured in a nursing home. She wants Bulldog to rescue him. He agrees and is helped by his faithful valet and annoying best friend Algy (Claud Allister).

Most early talkies are boring stiff affairs but not this one. It moves quickly, is lots of fun, has exciting action sequences and has a great Oscar-nominated performance by Colman. The sound recording is good and the video is as good as can be expected from a 1929 film. The only negative about this is Allister as Algy. He plays his role WAY over the top and comes across as annoying and unfunny. Halfway through I wanted that guy gone! Him aside though this is an enjoyable and fun early talkie.


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