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30 April 1948 (USA) See more »
Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond is called in to solve the murder of a man from whom two lead soldiers were stolen... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tom Conway ... Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond

John Newland ... Algernon 'Algy' Longworth

Maria Palmer ... Estelle Prager, alias Estelle Gorday
Helen Westcott ... Cynthia Stedman

William Stelling ... Phillip Coleman
Terry Kilburn ... Seymour
Gordon Richards ... Police Insp. McIver

Harry Cording ... Edward Vane
John Goldsworthy ... Dr. Ashley Stedman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Edmunds ... Prager - Antique Dealer (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank McDonald 
Writing credits
Herman C. McNeile (story) (as Sapper)

Dwight V. Babcock (adaptation)

Irving Elman (screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Pivar .... executive producer
Bernard Small .... producer
Original Music by
Milton Rosen (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Robinson 
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind  (as Saul Goodkind)
Art Direction by
Walter Koessler 
Set Decoration by
Fay Babcock 
Makeup Department
Jack Casey .... makeup artist
Peggy Thompson .... hair stylist
Production Management
James Dent .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Stein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Dalton .... grip (uncredited)
Ken Lobben .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Webb .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Milton Rosen .... musical director
Other crew
Mary Chaffee .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Thirteen Lead Soldiers" - USA (long title)
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64 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Treasure of the Saxons, 5 April 2008
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is the twentieth Bulldog Drummond film, as well as the second and last starring Tom Conway as Drummond. (He played Drummond twice in 1948.) There is little difference between Tom Conway as Hugh Drummond and Tom Conway as the Falcon. He is perfectly adequate in either role, with his usual charm and ease. This film is interesting because of a genuinely intriguing plot premise of a historical/archaeological nature. The 'thirteen lead soldiers' of the title, and the parchment palimpsest manuscript associated with them, record the whereabouts of and access to the 'treasure of the Saxons', concealed just before the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It is necessary to collect all the soldiers, hence the temptation to murder various owners of them. Sapper wrote the story containing this idea, and it is a pity that it was not given a better treatment. It is potentially very much in the genre of 'Lara Croft, Tomb Raider', and could form the basis for a modern film along those lines. Someone ought to give this consideration. This version is entertaining in a typically B picture way, never rising higher than that, but not sinking lower either. Algy Longworth, played here by John Newland, is not an ass as played by Reginald Denny, but is a pathetically inept sidekick who longs to be able to emulate his hero, Hugh. In this film, much fun is had by Algy pretending to be Hugh and Hugh pretending to be Algy, to confuse some of the people they meet in the course of the story. Even as 'Bulldog Drummond', however, the limp Algy cannot make headway with the gals, he finds, and he despairs with the realization that he never will. It is all done in typical comedic style. The Inspector this time is Gordon Richards, who shouts a lot and is boring and tedious. Terry Kilburn is colourless as Drummond's young male secretary, which is a thankless part with almost no lines or point. (There is no actual butler this time.) Helen Westcott is rather interesting as one of the young women in the story, and we could have done with more of her. Maria Palmer is more histrionic and obvious in her role as a potential villainess. This film is neither inferior nor superior, it is what it is.

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