Bulldog Drummond is injured when his sabotaged car crashes and Jack Pennington agrees to masquerade as the sleuth. He is enlisted to help Ann Manders find her jeweler grandfather who has ...
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Bulldog Drummond is injured when his sabotaged car crashes and Jack Pennington agrees to masquerade as the sleuth. He is enlisted to help Ann Manders find her jeweler grandfather who has been kidnapped by a gang of crooks who want him to copy a valuable necklace they want to steal. Their plan backfires in the British Museum and the film climaxes in an exciting chase on a runaway train in the London Underground.Written by
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I was not aware of the character Bulldog Drummond before watching this movie. This movie seems to be a fun way to make a comedy out his kind of stories, though. While the set up was a bit weak - Drummond basically handing over his everything on little more than a whim - it worked okay within the (silly) movie. For this is a silly comedy. It does have a crime plot, but it's not that good, and not at all in focus. It's about Jack Pennington and the goofs he is forced to solve this crime with. Jack Pennington himself is mostly a comic relief with a hard to pin-down personality. He does deliver some fun lines, mostly the dismissive ones between himself and his sidekick. This relationship is the highlight of the movie - but only certain scenes and situations. At its worst parts, the movie is dumb gags with sound effects. These can be good, but in this movie isn't. For instance, I Initially liked the visual gag of the spiral staircase, but it lasted way too long to.
Jack Hulbert does not impress with his acting, either. It might be that his style was more suited for the his era, as it bear similarities to other comedies of that time. But there's still something with his way of delivering many of the lines that distracted you from the punchline. At times it felt like he was on the verge of breaking into laughter. The other performances in the film did not feel off in this way.
But then again, maybe I am too young for these kind of movies? Or maybe I am not well enough versed in comedies like this to appreciate them? Either way, the movie did not work for me now.
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