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The Bulldog Breed (1960)

 -  Comedy  -  24 April 1961 (Sweden)
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When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Norman Puckle
Ian Hunter ...
Adm. Sir Bryanston Blyth
David Lodge ...
CPO Knowles
Robert Urquhart ...
Cmdr. Clayton
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. Philpots
Eddie Byrne ...
PO Filkins
Peter Jones ...
Diving instructor
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Prosecuting counsel
Terence Alexander ...
Defending counsel
Sydney Tafler ...
Speedboat owner
Brian Oulton ...
Bert Ainsworth (cinema manager)
Harold Goodwin ...
Streaky Hopkinson
Johnny Briggs ...
Johnny Nolan
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Mr Carruthers
Joe Robinson ...
Tall sailor
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When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

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Die Rakete zur flotten Puppe  »

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A film poster shows the name "Normana Sapienza" - a feminized, Italianized version of the name of the star, Norman Wisdom. See more »

Goofs

When Puckle views the Earth from the spaceship (c. 128 minutes) he sees lines of latitude and longitude, and countries marked in various colours, just as an inflatable plastic globe atlas usually has. See more »

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Predictable And Episodic
28 August 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I didn't think much of THE BULLDOG BREED simply because I don't think much of Norman Wisdom . When you've seen one of his comedies you've basically seen them all . The jokes are corny and predictable and usually revolve around coincidence and misunderstanding . Suppose to were to throw an anchor off a pier what's the chances of a speed boat passing at the same time ? If you threw an anchor of a pier a thousand times I doubt if you'd hit one single boat passing , same as if you threw rubbish overboard from a ship whats the chances that your commanding officer would be berthed alongside ? Yeah I know you're not supposed to think about it but the comedy stretches credibility and shows itself to be unsophisticated

There is another problem this movie and that is that it doesn't have a cohesive plot . Think about it , by an unlikely series of events Norman joins the navy but then the location switches to a climbing expedition then later on the story revolves around a journey in to outer space . It's as if the writers had several under developed ideas for a story then not knowing what to do with them tried to piece them together which gives the movie a very episodic feel

Despite these criticisms THE BULLDOG BREED remains one of Wisdom's most watchable movies simply because it features so many well known faces from television such as a couple of long running cast members from CORONATION STREET not to mention a couple of uncredited appearances from future film stars Oliver Reed and Michael Caine


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