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Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  18 March 1938 (USA)
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In this episode captain Drummond tries to find the killer of various people. All assassinations were provoked by a diamond of great value, but Drummond will face the danger.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Campbell ...
E.E. Clive ...
Porter Hall ...
Dr. Botulian
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Nydia Westman ...
Michael Brooke ...
Anthony Greer
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Prof. Bernard Goodman
Matthew Boulton ...
Sir Raymond Blantyre
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Mrs. Weevens
David Clyde ...
Constable McThane
Clyde Cook ...
Constable Sacker
Austin Fairman ...


In this episode captain Drummond tries to find the killer of various people. All assassinations were provoked by a diamond of great value, but Drummond will face the danger. Written by Volker Boehm

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18 March 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When Dr. Botulian arrives at Drummond's apartment to ask for the letter the second time, Drummond refers to him once as Professor Goodman. See more »


Phyllis Clavering: And this was supposed to be our wedding day.
Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: Oh, I'm sorry, darling, but if there's a registery office still open...
Col. Neilson: And if there isn't, you'll probably break into one!
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Although it is John Howard who is playing Bulldog Drummond, it is John Barrymore who gets top billing for playing the supporting character of Colonel Neilson. See more »


Followed by 13 Lead Soldiers (1948) See more »

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Millions Of Years Of Geologic Pressure Reduced To A Few Heated Minutes
13 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Another trip to the altar for Bulldog Drummond is averted when at a pre-wedding gathering in Switzerland a Swiss detective is murdered and an artificial diamond, courtesy of its inventor Halliwell Hobbes to bride and groom John Howard and Louise Campbell. That sets off a round of a little over an hour of fast paced adventure as Drummond once again shows up Scotland Yard.

Bulldog Drummond's Peril steps into the realm of science fiction with Halliwell Hobbes inventing a machine that can create diamonds, a process we know takes millions of years of geologic pressure. The gizmo he has looks like it was made from spare parts in Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory.

The film is blessed with two villains, industrialist Matthew Boulton and rival scientist Porter Hall both of whom want to get their hands on that formula and profit off it in some way. One way that wasn't even considered was that very few diamonds are used as jewelry. The majority are industrial strength and used for things like oil drill bits. A way to manufacture those babies on the cheap would yield someone a lot of money.

John Barrymore plays the Scotland Yard inspector and by dint of his name is top billed over John Howard as Drummond. It's a sad come down for Barrymore who reminds me of J.D. Cannon as Chief Clifford in the McCloud series, the way Drummond constantly shows up the Yard. He also has a little bit of Perry White thrown in as he constantly is telling people 'don't call me inspector'.

The science is a bit bizarre and the plot has way too many holes in it. If you're expecting something as good as when Ronald Colman was Bulldog Drummond, you won't find it here.

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