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Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 15 August 1934 (USA)
Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone.... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Henry Lehrman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
Loretta Young ... Lola Field
Warner Oland ... Prince Achmed
Charles Butterworth ... Algy 'Mousey' Longworth
Una Merkel ... Gwen
C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel Alfred Reginald Neilsen
Arthur Hohl ... Dr. Sothern
George Regas ... Singh
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Field
Mischa Auer ... Hassan
Douglas Gerrard ... Parker - Drummond's Valet
Halliwell Hobbes ... First Bobby
E.E. Clive ... Bobby With Mustache
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Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone. He finds none, but he does find a body - which disappears when he summons a bobby. Bodies keep disappearing as Drummond keeps summoning the authorities, particularly his long-suffering upstairs neighbor, Captain Nielsen; the ever faithful Algy also finds his wedding night disrupted by, among other things, some emergency code-breaking. And of course, there's a beautiful woman (there's always a beautiful woman in the case), Lola, who turns out to be the daughter of the dead man who started all this. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le retour de Bulldog Drummond See more »

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Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

E.E. Clive, who plays a London bobby, would go on to play Drummond's valet Tenny in eight films in the Paramount Drummond series. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: You, my dear fellow - you are one of the most engaging blackguards I have ever encountered.
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Followed by Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938) See more »

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2 December 2007 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable light murder mystery, but I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn't recently seen BLIND ADVENTURE, made the year before by Ernest B. Schoedsack for RKO. The plot elements, as I recall, are strikingly similar: a foggy London night, the hero accidentally going into a house and finding a body, which is then missing when he comes back with help; a young girl's relative disappearing, and a foreign ambassador of some sort who seems legit but is a bad guy; constant breaking into the house in question; all the action occurring in one evening; and the hero and the girl-in-distress an item by the evening's end. And, in both instances, comedy relief that actually adds to the film! Roland Young was very pleasing in BLIND ADVENTURE, but no one can match Butterworth at his best, which he is here. Once again, one feels that he had to have written many of his lines. Here, he's married that very day to Una Merkel, who affectionately calls him "Mousey." Colman: "Never leave your wife." Butterworth: "I'll speak to her about it." When Drummond finds adventure, he calls up Butterworth and asks him to tag along, without a care that it's Butterworth's wedding night. Butterworth isn't really an innocent here, he knows what he's missing out on. In response to one of these calls, he says, "we've reached sort of a critical moment." Robert Armstrong in BLIND ADVENTURE seems a more real, more interesting character. Here, both the script and Colman play it as a not-to-be-taken-seriously, boy's-own adventure, a tacit acknowledgment that this is just another caper in a series. One nice addition here is that the inevitable policeman who doesn't believe there's a problem is C. Aubrey Smith. You're on his side, really. Why doesn't this boy scout let him get some sleep?

Apparently Butterworth was an off-screen drinking buddy of such literary wits as Robert Benchley and Corey Ford. Note that Benchley wrote "additional dialogue" for BLIND ADVENTURE, presumably for Young's Butterworth-like character.


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