John Barrymore was recruited for the role of Colonel Nielson after Sir Guy Standing, who played him in the first film in the series, died. Barrymore received top billing for this and two more films in Paramount's Drummond series. H.B. Warner succeeded Barrymore as Nielson in the final four films of the series. See more »
[eyeing suspicious pub patron]
If that fellow tries to follow us, dot him one.
I shall bash him on the bazooka, sir.
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John Barrymore gets top billing for playing supporting character Colonel Neilson. John Howard, who plays Bulldog Drummond, is listed second. See more »
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Bulldog Drummond strikes
Bulldog Drummond, his friends Algy and Colonel Nielson and his loyal manservant Tenny go on the trail of Drummond's fiancé Phyllis after she is kidnapped.
Bulldog Drummond got made into films a lot: prior to this there were two films with Ronald Colman, and one each with Ralph Richardson and Ray Milland. However, American actor John Howard played Drummond in a total of seven films between 1937-39.
Howard himself is alright, but the character of Drummond is poorly rutter and seems almost a secondary character in his own film. Much more interesting is Drummond Scotland Yard pal Colonel Nielson, who is some sort of Sherlock Holmes-esque master of disguise. He's played by top-billed John Barrymore, who is wonderful as always, but it's a sign of his declining career that he was appearing a somewhat cheesy B movie like this. If this had been made ten years earlier, Barrymore would have made a good Bulldog Drummond.
Reginald Denny and E.E. Clive both reprise their roles from the Ray Milland film, while J. Carrol Naish gets to do his usual foreign villain schitck. The plot is a somewhat silly runaround with clues being left at various location for Drummond and co.; it's somewhat like an episode of Scooby-Doo. However, it's all over in less than an hour so you don't waste too much of your time.
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