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23 December 1960 (Ireland) See more »
When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket. | Add synopsis »
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Dark tints around the edges of the usual Wisdom comedy fare. See more (12 total) »


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Norman Wisdom ... 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

John Le Mesurier ... Prosecuting Counsel
Terence Alexander ... Defending Counsel
Sydney Tafler ... Speedboat Owner
Brian Oulton ... Bert Ainsworth
Harold Goodwin ... Streaky Hopkinson
Johnny Briggs ... Johnny Nolan

Frank Williams ... Mr Carruthers
Joe Robinson ... Tall Sailor
Liz Fraser ... NAAFI Girl
Penny Morrell ... Marlene Barlow
Claire Gordon ... Peggy (girl in bar)
Julie Shearing ... WRN Smith
Bosun ... Bosun the Dog (as 'Bosun')
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Arnatt ... Briggs (uncredited)

Michael Caine ... Sailor in Cinema Fight (uncredited)
Cyril Chamberlain ... Jimmy the Landlord (uncredited)
Larry Dann ... New Dalton's Boy (uncredited)
Robert Desmond ... Sailor on Bridge of Warship (uncredited)

Sheila Hancock ... Doris (uncredited)
Glyn Houston ... Gym Instructor (uncredited)
Rosamund Lesley ... Peggy (uncredited)
Philip Locke ... Teddy Boy in Cinema Fight (uncredited)
Bryan Pringle ... PTI (uncredited)

Oliver Reed ... Teddy Boy in Cinema Fight (uncredited)

William Roache ... Space Centre Operator (uncredited)
Leonard Sachs ... Yachtsman (uncredited)
Anthony Sagar ... Instructor's Assistant (uncredited)
Anne Scott ... Polynesian Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Asher 
Writing credits
Jack Davies (original screenplay) and
Henry Blyth (original screenplay) and
Norman Wisdom (original screenplay)

Produced by
Earl St. John .... executive producer
Hugh Stewart .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Green 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (photography)
Film Editing by
Gerry Hambling 
Art Direction by
Harry Pottle 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
Makeup Department
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist
Production Management
David W. Orton .... production manager (as David Orton)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Lamont .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jack T. Knight .... sound editor
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John H. Mitchell)
Ron Butcher .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator (as H.A.R. Thompson)
Manny Yospa .... focus puller (uncredited)
Other crew
Joan Davis .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) (1993) (2003) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

A film poster shows the name "Normana Sapienza" - a feminized, Italianized version of the name of the star, Norman Wisdom.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Dark tints around the edges of the usual Wisdom comedy fare., 20 October 2010
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Bulldog Breed is a Norman Wisdom vehicle that's directed by Robert Asher & co-written by Wisdom with Henry Blyth & Jack Davies. Plot sees Wisdom as Norman Puckle, a hapless grocer's assistant who is hopelessly in love with Marlene (Penny Morell). When she spurns his offer of marriage he attempts to commit suicide, but he proves to be inept at that as well. Finally settling on jumping off of "Lover's Leap" as a sure fire way to die, he is saved at the last minute by a Naval Officer who seduces him with talk of life as a sailor, where the girls are plenty and life is totally great. Buying into it Norman enrols, but he quickly finds that it's a tough life, that he is hopeless as a sailor and that the commander wants to fly him off into outer space!.

The Bulldog Breed comes at a time when Wisdom was most prolific on the big screen, in a 17 year period from 1953 to 1969 Wisdom was the lead star in 15 movies. While during this time he was lending support to a number of ensemble and TV pictures too. It's inevitable that during a busy period such as this that the quality of entertainment will vary, this effort falls some where in the middle on the list of Wisdom's best movies. The formula remains the same as Wisdom plays plays a bumbling but lovable dope who creates carnage where ever he goes. The comedy set pieces are many, with a "man overboard" sequence of events the particular highlight. While it also serves as an interesting snap shot of the times. Where The Bulldog Breed differs from many of Wisdom's most fondly thought of film's is with its darker tones of suicide and sexual suggestion (the latter beautifully brought to life by the sultry Liz Fraser). It's an odd mix of a film, and one that has proved to divide Wisdom purists. Newcomers to his work are most likely better off choosing something else as a starting point to his movie output. 6/10

Footnote: The film marks early appearances of Michael Caine and Oliver Reed who share a scene together with Wisdom. While fans of British soap Coronation Street will find value in seeing actors Johnny Briggs and William Roache also appearing in the piece.

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