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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 film received its initial television presentation in New York City Monday 7 February 1955 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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's Third Round (1925) See more »

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Adventure starts at home
1 April 2005 | by djensen1See all my reviews

Terrific adventure that caps the 1937-39 series nicely, with John Howard comfortable in his role as Drummond and Heather Angel a treat (if not an especially good actress) as poor Phyllis. The whole gang is at the old tower estate, preparing for the Drummond wedding, when an absent-minded scholar shows up with a tale about secret passages and treasure right under their feet! Drummond tries to keep out of it, but a sinister figure enters in the night and causes havoc. Soon, the whole troupe is creeping thru dark passages and avoiding deadly traps.

The dialog isn't quite as witty or sardonic as in previous entries, but the tension is keen. Ciphers, skeletons, spikes, raging torrents, crumbling platforms, and more make this one of the best of the Bulldog Drummond series. For those keeping score, in this one, Drummond is (again) about to marry Phyllis, and Algy seems to have forgotten that he is already married.

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Release Date:

14 April 1939 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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