Bulldog Drummond

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(out of 5)


The first great adventure thriller of sound films was this terrific yarn starring  in the title role. He plays a ‘demobilized officer’ of World War I who returns to his life of plush aristocracy only to find it deathly boring and his life in need of a bit of a jump. Deciding to implement a little adventure into his life, he advertises in the London newspaper as someone in need of a death-defying, but possibly fun, adventure and immediately finds himself swamped with requests for help. The one he answers is (of course) a desperate plea by a young lady to please help her recover her rich uncle from a kidnapper posing as a nursing-home doctor. Twists and turns galore, with an ending always in sight until someone pulls the rug out and lets the chase continue, this film features a great blend of pulse-pounding adventure and high-level hilarity. Its age shows in the rusty editing, but the camera work is superb: lots of deep shadows and stylized poses more suited to a von Sternberg drama than a penny-arcade spy movie.


USA, 1929

Directed by

Screenplay by , continuity by , based on the play by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor (Ronald Colman as “Hugh ‘Bulldog’ Drummond)
Best Art Direction (William Cameron Menzies)


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