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Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)

Approved | | Mystery, Thriller | 14 April 1939 (USA)
Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation.


James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)


Garnett Weston (screen play by), Herman C. McNeile (novel) (as H.C. 'Sapper' McNeile)




Complete credited cast:
John Howard ... Captain Hugh C. 'Bulldog' Drummond
Heather Angel ... Phyllis Clavering
H.B. Warner ... Colonel Nielson
Reginald Denny ... Algy Longworth
E.E. Clive ... Tenny
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Blanche Clavering
Leo G. Carroll ... Henry Seaton (as Leo Carroll)
Forrester Harvey ... Professor Downie
Clyde Cook ... Constable Hawkins
David Clyde ... Constable Jenkins
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Stationmaster
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Mrs. Thomas--Housekeeper


Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation. Written by Volker Boehm

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TRAPPED IN A CAGE WITH DEATH while a Madman cracks the whip!


Mystery | Thriller


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This is one of 8 Bulldog Drummond adventures produced by Paramount in the late 1930s, and sold to Congress Films (II) in mid-1954 for re-release; Congress redesigned the opening and closing credits, in order to eliminate all evidence of Paramount's ownership, going so far as to even alter the copyright claimant statements on the title cards; Congress, in turn, sold the films to Governor Films for television syndication. Along the way, Paramount, having disowned the films, never bothered to renew the copyrights, and they fell into public domain, with the result that inferior VHS and DVD copies have been in distribution for many years, from a variety of sub-distributors who specialize in public domain material. See more »


As Archy is moving the repaired Ming vase and falls by the study door, he sets it on the floor. Tenny then brings in Professor Downie who steps on the vase and breaks it. The shot shifts to a wide shot and there are no pieces of the vase on the floor by the door. See more »


'Tenny' Tennison: [as spikes descend upon them] Pardon me, sir, but we're in for a spot of trouble.
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Follows Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937) See more »

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Murky and murderous
25 April 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This one started so...comically...that I thought it was going to be a poor entry in the Bulldog Drummond series, with seemingly endless clownish slapstick from Denny & Clive. But it warms up after 20 minutes into an effectively atmospheric thriller, with Drummond yet again in the throes of getting married while adventure takes hold of the situation.

It's surprisingly bloodthirsty, with the baddie killing 3 including an unarmed bobby pointblank - when it happens it's treated by everyone with everyday calmness.

But what really makes it for me are the catacombs/dungeons sets - the film was shot on a shoestring budget (witness the dream sequences) and yet these sets were so convincing I wondered if they were genuine for a while. They must have been re-used but I can't remember seeing them in any other film. Of course the grainy darkness of the print I was watching helped a lot, but it's worth watching for these scenes anyway. But talk about a corny, contrived ending!

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14 April 1939 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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