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Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)

Unrated | | 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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Captain Hugh C. 'Bulldog' Drummond
... Phyllis Clavering
... Colonel Nielson
... Algy Longworth
... Tenny
... Aunt Blanche Clavering
... Henry Seaton (as Leo Carroll)
... Professor Downie
... Constable Hawkins
David Clyde ... Constable Jenkins
Neil Fitzgerald ... Stationmaster
... Mrs. Thomas--Housekeeper
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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!

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Mystery | Thriller

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Bulldog Drummond går i fällan  »

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The plot ultimately derives from Conan Doyle's The Musgrave Ritual. See more »

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'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 (1922) See more »

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"He's the whole cheese, I tell you."
15 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

The penultimate Bulldog Drummond movie from Paramount starring John Howard finds Drummond once again on the verge of marrying Phyllis. But, once again, something interrupts their plans. This time it's in the form of murder and a search for hidden treasure at Drummond's family estate. There's a different vibe to this one than others in the series. It almost doesn't feel like a Bulldog Drummond movie at all. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. I pretty much like any movie of the 'old dark house' variety and this one fits that bill nicely.

John Howard and Heather Angel are both fine. The interrupted marriage plot is already stale by this point but they do what they can with it. E.E. Clive is great as Tenny. He was typically the highlight of these movies and this is no exception. Reginald Denny and H.B. Warner also return. Denny is especially slapsticky this time around. Mrs. Trumbull herself, Elizabeth Patterson, plays Phyllis' aunt. She's a nag but a fun one. Great character actor Leo G. Carroll plays the villain. I don't think that's a spoiler since he almost always played the villain. Makes use of lots of footage from previous Drummond movies for a dream sequence. It's not poorly done but it raises some eyebrows given the already-brief runtime. After a slow start, it turns out to be an enjoyable B mystery thriller of the 'old dark house' variety. Effective atmosphere and good sets help. It is one of the best of the series, as several other reviewers here note. But I can't rate it as high as some of them do because, while good for a Drummond film, it's really not all that special judged against other similar movies of the era.


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