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Bulldog Drummond (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 2 May 1929 (USA)
A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, whose uncle is being held hostage by embezzlers.

Director:

F. Richard Jones

Writers:

Herman C. McNeile (based on the international stage success by) (as 'Sapper'), Sidney Howard (adapted for the talking screen by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
Claud Allister ... Algy (as Claude Allister)
Lawrence Grant ... Dr. Lakington
Montagu Love ... Peterson
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Danny
Joan Bennett ... Phyllis Benton
Lilyan Tashman ... Irma Peterson
Charles Sellon ... John Travers
Adolph Milar Adolph Milar ... Marcovitch
Tetsu Komai Tetsu Komai ... Chong
Gertrude Short ... Barmaid
Donald Novis Donald Novis ... Country Boy
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Storyline

Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond is a British WWI veteran who longs for some excitement after he returns to the humdrum existence of civilian life. He gets what he's looking for when a girl requests his help in freeing her uncle from a nursing home. She believes the home is just a front and that her uncle is really being held captive while the culprits try to extort his fortune from him. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

Colman's voice is the "find" of this all-talking year, rich, amorous, romantic. (Newspaper ad). See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amante de Emoções See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Broadway play of the same title opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre, 1396 Broadway, on December 26, 1921 and ran for 162 performances until May 1922. See more »

Goofs

The players in the opening credits are set out in the form of a theatre programme. However, notwithstanding the film takes place in England, the spelling on the programme is the American 'program'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in the silence of the club room, the waiter drops a spoon. Slowly the elderly Colonel stands up, and then... ]
Colonel: Pah! The eternal din in this club is an outrage! I ask you, wot?
Algy Longworth: You're perfectly right, Colonel. We ought to complain. Do you know that's the third spoon I've heard drop this month?
Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: Spoons, my hat. I wish that somebody would throw a bomb and wake the place up.
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Alternate Versions

When first released in France, the film was presented in a talkie version in English with French subtitles and in a silent version. See more »

Connections

Followed by Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Says To Myself Says I) There's The One For Me
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Mostly of historical interest now.
13 June 2000 | by Cajun-4See all my reviews

The literary character of Bulldog Drummond has not worn well. Reading the books now, Drummond tends to come across as more of a fascist bully than as a hero. This 1929 movie was Ronald Colman's first in a talkie and he plays the character with his usual charm, honing down the more brutal aspects of the Drummond in the books (although in one scene he does gleefully choke a man to death with his bare hands).

The movie is based on the stage play rather than on the book and the stage origins show. One can almost sense actors waiting for their cue to make an entrance. Colman and Bennett are pretty good in the lead roles but the over acting of Lawrence Grant as the mad doctor is painful to behold.

For collector's it's worth seeing once for the record.


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