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Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1939)

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The invention of a war machine, that brings to explosion everything one wants to, puts Scotland Yard and Captain Drummond into alarm.


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Complete credited cast:
Heather Angel ...
E.E. Clive ...
Jean Fenwick ...
Lady Beryl Ledyard
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Aunt Meg
George Zucco ...
Rolf Alferson
Leonard Mudie ...
Richard Gannett
Evan Thomas ...
Clyde Cook ...
Constable Sacker
David Clyde ...
Constable McThane
George Regas ...
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Sir Malcolm McLeonard
Claud Allister ...
Sir Basil Leghorne


Captain Hugh C."Bulldog" Drummond (John Howard) and his ever-loving and patient fiancée, Phyllis Clavering (Heather Angel). are about to wed but he becomes involved in a plot to steal an atomic disintegrator with a range of half-a-mile. Madman Rolf Alferson (George Zucco)has control of the weapon but Drummond is suspected of the theft and follows the clues to an island colony. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

11 January 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)|

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1.37 : 1
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Bulldog Drummond vs Ming the Merciless!
22 July 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

"Arrest Bulldog Drummond" promises more than it delivers - the science fiction plot has bad hats Zucco & Co. in charge of and selling an explosive electric ray device to the Enemy, with Drummond & Co. out to stop him. The weapon has a range of between a quarter and half a mile - which seems to make it well worth £1,000,000 to a Bad Power. A plan to terrorise London? Nah, it'll never happen.

In 56 minutes it lurches from one improbable scene to another - H.B. Warner is definitely NOT my idea of a Scotland Yard Inspector, sorry, Colonel. Colonel? Zucco and his ... sidekick, Lady Beryl take an almost childish glee in repeatedly demonstrating the weapon to themselves - meaning to the original cinema audience of 11 years olds! Everyone as usual plays their parts well, especially Howard/Angel/Denny & Clive as the unflappable goodie quartet.

Some nice touches here and there, with plenty of witticisms from all concerned, especially Hugh's impending marriage to Phyllis - or not, make it an enjoyable entry in the series. My copy was very poor and choppy but didn't detract too much for me.

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