Bulldog Jack (September 1, 1935)

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Jack Hulbert as Bulldog Jack
 

Released on September 1, 1935: When the real Bulldog Drummond is put in hospital by a car crash, Jack Pennington pretends to be Bulldog Drummond and is thrust into a crime adventure he may not be prepared for.

Produced by Michael Balcon

Directed by Walter Forde

The Actors: Jack Hulbert (Jack Pennington), Fay Wray (Ann Manders), Ralph Richardson (Morelle), Claude Hulbert (Algy Longworth), Gibb McLaughlin (Denny the butler), Atholl Fleming (Bulldog Drummond), Paul Graetz (Salvini), Harvey Braban (Sergeant Robinson), Henry B. Longhurst (Melvor), Cyril Smith (Duke)

 

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When I first started searching for public domain motion picture treasures from the past it didn't take me long to discover the suave British detective Bulldog Drummond. The character of Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond was created by author H. C. McNeile in his 1920 novel titled 'Buldog Drummond' Two years later the first silent movie featuring Bulldog Drummond was produced, and as of 1969 there have been 25 movies with Bulldog Drummond. This 1935 episode is probably the only movie about the crime detective that took great pains to incorporate and element of humor into the story . . . But make no mistake . . . . I wouldn't call this story a comedy, it is a crime adventure all the way . . . with some comic relief scenes by an actor who can make comedy seem serious . . . . That's the only way I can describe it, and you probably don't understand what I mean, because as I look at the sentence I just wrote I know it doesn't explain the tenor of the story, but I have no better words to describe it to you. This episode that was authored by Jack Hulbert and others must be experienced to understand the way comedy and crime have been woven into one amazing adventure. As the movie opens we see Dr. Morelle's henchmen plotting to kill Bulldog Drummond by disabling the brakes on his car just as he is driving towards a treacherous stretch of highway known as the Devil's Elbow. Without any brakes on the steep and curvy road he crashes into an oncoming car . . . driven by Jack Pennington, played by Jack Hulbert. Bulldog Drummond comes away with a broken arm and some cuts and bruises, and is headed to hospital instead of his London flat to meet with a lady who says she desperately needs the help of Bulldog Drummond. The real Bulldog Drummond, played by Atholl Fleming, asks Jack if he would mind going to his London flat and listening to the young girl's story and then reporting to him what her trouble might be. Jack is happy to help the legendary crime detective, but instead of just listening to her story and then passing the information on to the hospitalized Drummond, Jack is thrust into the middle of a great adventure . . . Well . . . Actually Jack thrusts himself into the adventure against the wishes of Denny, Bulldog Drummond's butler and Algy Longworth, Bulldog Drummond's side-kick. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Atholl Fleming and Jack Hulbert
Atholl Fleming and Jack Hulbert
Claude Hulbert, Gibb McLaughlin, Fay Wray and Jack Hulbert
Claude Hulbert, Gibb McLaughlin, Fay Wray and Jack Hulbert
Claude Hulbert, Jack Hulbert and Gibb McLaughlin
Claude Hulbert, Jack Hulbert and Gibb McLaughlin
Claude Hulbert, Paul Graetz and Jack Hulbert
Claude Hulbert, Paul Graetz and Jack Hulbert
Claude Hulbert as Algy Longworth
Claude Hulbert as Algy Longworth
Fay Wray
Fay Wray
Fay Wray
Fay Wray
Fay Wray
Fay Wray
Fay Wray meets Jack Hulbert
Fay Wray meets Jack Hulbert
Fay Wray
Fay Wray
Jack Hulbert and Claude Hulbert
Jack Hulbert and Claude Hulbert
Jack Hulbert and Claude Hulbert
Jack Hulbert and Claude Hulbert
Jack Hulbert and Ralph Richardson
Jack Hulbert and Ralph Richardson
Jack Hulbert and Paul Graetz
Jack Hulbert and Paul Graetz
Jack Hulbert and Paul Graetz
Jack Hulbert and Paul Graetz
Paul Graetz and Ralph Richardson
Paul Graetz and Ralph Richardson
Paul Graetz
Paul Graetz
Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson