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The Bulldog Breed (1960)

When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norman Puckle
... Adm. Sir Bryanston Blyth
... CPO Knowles
... Cmdr. Clayton
... Mr. Philpots
... PO Filkins
... Diving Instructor
... Prosecuting Counsel
Terence Alexander ... Defending Counsel
Sydney Tafler ... Speedboat Owner
... Bert Ainsworth
... Streaky Hopkinson
Johnny Briggs ... Johnny Nolan
... Mr Carruthers
... Tall Sailor
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When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

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23 December 1960 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rakete zur flotten Puppe  »

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When Puckle views the Earth from the spaceship (c. 128 minutes), he sees lines of latitude and longitude and countries marked in various colours, just as an inflatable plastic globe atlas usually has. See more »

Crazy Credits

'Bosun' - the bulldog in opening credits See more »

Connections

Featured in Mike Baldwin & Me (2001) See more »

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What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor
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Sung by Norman Wisdom
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Interesting, but not one of his best.
3 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

'The Bulldog Breed' is one of my favourite Norman Wisdom films, but not one of his best.It is interesting because of the space flight angle, and the film certainly captures the mood of the era.

In many respects this is a sad film; Puckle is portrayed as a rather tragic character, who never really finds his niche.The whole films carries a slight air of depression about it, which is not helped by the melancholy music score.

There are several funny scenes, notably the 'man overboard' scene, the diving lesson, and the mountain climbing episode. In all of these though, the comedy is diluted by the overall gloom of the film.

A hidden gem in the film are the brief, uncredited, appearances of Michael Caine and Oliver Reed in the cinema foyer scene.


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