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Bulldog Drummond and 'The Ludlow Affair' 

Bulldog Drummond is contacted by a Mrs Harriet Ludlow, wife of an old friend; her husband has invented a new antibiotic formula potentially worth a fortune, but he has been kidnapped and ... See full summary »


David MacDonald


Irving Rubine (original screenplay), Herman C. McNeile (based on the character created by) (as H.C. 'Sapper' McNeile)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Self - Host
Robert Beatty ... Bulldog Drummond
Greta Gynt ... Mrs. Ludlow
Michael Ripper ... Kelly
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Roger Benning
Harry Lane Harry Lane ... Kinsella
John Le Mesurier ... Inspector Burroughs
Michael Anthony ... Dr. Ludlow
Ian Fleming ... Churchill


Bulldog Drummond is contacted by a Mrs Harriet Ludlow, wife of an old friend; her husband has invented a new antibiotic formula potentially worth a fortune, but he has been kidnapped and held for ransom. Drummond sets out to prevent the formula from reaching the hands of the villains -- with or without his client's co-operation! Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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This was a proposed "Bulldog Drummond" series to star Robert Beatty, produced by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. The series wasn't picked up. See more »

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A poor TV pilot
5 April 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this, you haven't missed anything. It is the twenty-second Bulldog Drummond film, if a 30 minute TV pilot can legitimately be called a film. There is an error in the IMDb database which suggests that this is the twenty-third Drummond film. However, the supposed twenty-second Drummond film listed with IMDb is a phantom film which never existed. This is due to a curious state of confusion over the dates of 1952 and 1957. This TV pilot appeared as Episode 13 of Season 5 of the American television series 'Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents'. It was the Fairbanks series, not this episode, which commenced in 1952, and this gave rise to a misunderstanding that a film called 'Bulldog Drummond' starring Robert Beatty had been produced in 1952, which never happened. The only time Beatty played Drummond (although he had appeared as another character in the 1951 film 'Calling Bulldog Drummond' starring Walter Pidgeon) was in this short film. Over the final credits of this film, the voice of Fairbanks (who was going to be the presenter of a Drummond series) can be heard saying that Bulldog Drummond will be appearing every week, with adventures in various foreign capitals, 'because that is the business of Bulldog Drummond'. However, the Bulldog Drummond TV series was never made, and if you see this appalling pilot, you can see why. Robert Beatty is so boring as Drummond, that even going to sleep is not good enough, you need to be drunk as well. There is a surprising amount of second unit location film of London in the late 1950s used here, over-used in fact, because there was so little else. The story about an anti-biotic formula which the scientist wants to give away to humanity, hence is kidnapped to force its sale, is hackneyed, and the production is simply appalling. Although set in London, Beatty has a Canadian accent, and the one limp effort to suggest that he and his butler were in the Second World War together as British soldiers falls very flat. The butler is played as a jolly cockney bloke by Michael Ripper, who towards the end of his life played the Drones Club porter in six episodes of 'Jeeves and Wooster'. John Le Mesurier plays the police inspector with his usual droll manner, and has half a dozen lines. There are no production values. What a dreary film this is. Thank God the series wasn't made.

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28 January 1957 (USA) See more »

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DougFair Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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