Bulldog Drummond Comes Back
From the DVD Sleeve: The Intrepid Captain Bulldog Drummond must try to rescue his kidnapped fiance, Phyllis Clavering, who is being held captive by Drummond's old advesary Mikhail Valdin. The evil valdin is wanted for the murder of an American tycoon in his native Paris. Drummond is aided in his search by his butler Tenny and his pal Algy Longsworth, as well as Scotland's Yard's Inspector neilson, a master of disguises.
Starring John Howard (1937) B&W 56 Minutes Unrated
This is the second movie in the eight movie entry.
John Barrymore replaces Sir Guy Standing as Inspector Neilson
Louise Campbell replaces Heather Angel as Phyllis Clavering
John Howard replaces Ray Milland as Bulldog Drummond
Our first mystery: Where does Bulldog Drummond come back from? No mention in the first film that he left anywhere.
Anyway, Reginald Denny and E.E. Clive continue as Algy and Tenny and would keep those parts in all eight movies. In this installment we have J.Caroll nash playing bad guy Mikhail Valdin
As said before he played every villian in every 1930's movie. He was famous for playing Latins, Indians, Arabs, Chinese, almost any ethic needed.
Here he plays the brother-in-law of a man sentenced to death because of Bulldog Drummond. Let the revenge plot begin.
This movie also stars a femme fatale
Onward to the plot...
Our villians kidnapp Phyllis to force Bulldog Drummond into playing a game of chase. They leave clues on grammaphone records and handwritten notes. They run Drummond and company in circles. They keep going to the same three places over and over. (saves on sets and keeps cost low that way) Drummond has been forbidden to involve Scotland yard so, Inspector Neilson plays dress up in several odd disguises to follow Drummond unnoticed.
Unfortunatly this print of the movie is quite blurry and worn. There also seems to be seven minutes missing from it. So, there is a bit of confusion as to what's happening especially as the chase winds down to its conclusion. If you don't get what's happening on screen (Mystery: how did Tenny get on a Bicycle when Algy and Drummond are in a car?) don't worry its due to missing footage.
It all ends up in a locked celler. Poison gas and a ticking time bomb are due to kill Bulldog Drummond, Phyllis and Algy. But in true Batman villian style (or James Bond if you like) the villians skeedaddle before the deed is done.
Tenny saves the day by blowing the hinges off the locked door with his pistol. Drummond and company escape the explosion in the nick of time. The villians are caught by Inspector Neilson.
Lots of congratulations all around but one last bit of funny business. The wedding is delayed again by a run-away wedding licence. Poor Phyllis.
In general since there was a wholesale cast change, it seems everyone is trying to get used to their parts. The video quality is fair to poor. The missing seven minutes makes this a questionable film to include. Why use this film when there were other Bulldog Drummond movies that were complete. Unfortunatly, Millcreek isn't interested in quality only quantity. They don't include the whole eight movie series, they don't bother to put them in order and they don't bother to hunt down a complete version of this one. (if it exist) What a shame a little effort would have gone a long way.
Want to watch it? See it here.
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