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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Norman Puckle
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Adm. Sir Bryanston Blyth
David Lodge ...
CPO Knowles
Robert Urquhart ...
Cmdr. Clayton
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Mr. Philpots
Eddie Byrne ...
PO Filkins
Peter Jones ...
Diving Instructor
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Prosecuting Counsel
Terence Alexander ...
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Sydney Tafler ...
Speedboat Owner
Brian Oulton ...
Bert Ainsworth
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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23 December 1960 (Ireland)  »

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Die Rakete zur flotten Puppe  »

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The film is notable for being the only occasion future British film stars Michael Caine and Oliver Reed shared a scene together. It takes place at a cinema lobby, where Reed plays a Teddy Boy and Caine a sailor; it lasts only a few seconds. 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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Interesting, but not one of his best.
3 May 2000 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

'The Bulldog Breed' is one of my favourite Norman Wisdom films, but not one of his best.It is interesting because of the space flight angle, and the film certainly captures the mood of the era.

In many respects this is a sad film; Puckle is portrayed as a rather tragic character, who never really finds his niche.The whole films carries a slight air of depression about it, which is not helped by the melancholy music score.

There are several funny scenes, notably the 'man overboard' scene, the diving lesson, and the mountain climbing episode. In all of these though, the comedy is diluted by the overall gloom of the film.

A hidden gem in the film are the brief, uncredited, appearances of Michael Caine and Oliver Reed in the cinema foyer scene.


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