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Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938)

The invention of a war machine, that brings to explosion everything one wants to, puts Scotland Yard and Captain Drummond into alarm.


James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)


Stuart Palmer (screenplay), Herman C. McNeile (book) (as H.C. 'Sapper' McNeile)




Complete credited cast:
John Howard ... Captain Hugh C. 'Bulldog' Drummond
Heather Angel ... Phyllis Clavering
H.B. Warner ... Colonel Nielsen
Reginald Denny ... Algy Longworth
E.E. Clive ... Tenny
Jean Fenwick ... Lady Beryl Ledyard
Zeffie Tilbury ... Aunt Meg
George Zucco ... Rolf Alferson
Leonard Mudie ... Richard Gannett
Evan Thomas Evan Thomas ... Smith
Clyde Cook ... Constable Sacker
David Clyde ... Constable McThane
George Regas ... Soongh
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Sir Malcolm McLeonard
Claud Allister ... Sir Basil Leghorne


Captain Hugh C."Bulldog" Drummond (John Howard) and his ever-loving and patient fiancée, Phyllis Clavering (Heather Angel). are about to wed but he becomes involved in a plot to steal an atomic disintegrator with a range of half-a-mile. Madman Rolf Alferson (George Zucco)has control of the weapon but Drummond is suspected of the theft and follows the clues to an island colony. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure | Sci-Fi


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This film received its initial television presentation in New York City Monday 8 November 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Colonel Nielsen: He's always upsetting our apple-cart.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a silhouette of city rooftops, a reference to the crime story we are about to see. See more »


Followed by Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951) See more »

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Bulldog Drummond on his way down the aisle
8 February 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Lots of familiar British faces in this lousy print of "Arrest Bulldog Drummond," from 1939.

This is my first Bulldog Drummond, and I found it delightful. Bulldog is about to marry Phyllis (Heather Angel) when he's delayed by murder. The inventor of a disaster machine, one that blows up things at fairly close range, is murdered, and his machine stolen. Bulldog is drawn into the investigation -- who murdered this man, took his machine, and what are they going to use it on? John Howard is the man himself, and he's handsome and energetic, with a great speaking voice -- he was Tracy Lord's stuffy fiancé in "The Philadelphia Story." Reginald Denny, familiar from "Rebecca," is one of Bulldog's Marx Brothers type friends, who tries to help. E. E. Clive, who looks like he's about 80 here, is Bulldog's butler Tenny. He died a year later at 60! George Zucco plays the villain, who uses a stingray stinger to kill.

Short, but very good and entertaining. I look forward to seeing more Bulldog Drummond films.

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Release Date:

25 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrester Bulldog Drummond See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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