Bulldog Drummond's Peril (March 18, 1938)
Released on March 18, 1938: The day before his wedding Bulldog Drummond gets a gift of a perfect diamond created by a British scientist, but before the wedding takes place the diamond is stolen and Drummond is off on another deadly adventure.
Produced by Stuart Walker
Directed by James P. Hogan
Written by Herman C. McNeile and Stuart Palmer
The Actors: John Barrymore (Colonel Neilson), John Howard (Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond), Louise Campbell (Phyllis Clavering), Reginald Denny (Algy Longworth), E.E. Clive (Tenny the butler), Porter Hall (Doctor Botulian), Elizabeth Patterson (Aunt Blanche), Nydia Westman (Gwen Longworth), Michael Brooke (Anthony Greer), Halliwell Hobbes (Professor Bernard Goodman), Matthew Boulton (Sir Raymond Blantyre), Zeffie Tilbury (Mrs. Weevens, housekeeper), David Clyde (Constable McThane), Clyde Cook (Constable Sacker), Austin Fairman (Roberts), Gregory Gaye (Raoul, pilot), Pat X. Kerry (first expressman), David Thursby (second expressman), Torben Meyer (Hoffman), Jimmy Aubrey (unknown), Frank Baker (unknown), Frank Benson (unknown), Peter Gronte (unknown), James P. Burtis (unknown), Ethel Clayton (unknown), Charles De Ravenne (unknown), David Dunbar (unknown), Margaret Fealy (unknown), Maude Fealy (unknown), Douglas Gordon (unknown), William Haade (unknown), Andre Marsaudon (unknown), Albert Petit (unknown), Albert Pollet (unknown), Georgette Rhodes (unknown), John Sutton (Inspector Tredennie), Evan Thomas (unknown)
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And this was supposed to be our wedding day!
When I was a youngster I had an old 1961 Plymouth Pioneer stick shift car that got about 12 miles to a gallon of gas. Of course gas was 28 cents a gallon, and a five dollar bill would fill the 24 gallon tank and buy a quart of oil that it would burn every week, with change left over. I can still remember hearing conspiracy theorists telling about a revolutionary carburetor that could turn a 12 mile a gallon beast into a 50 mile per gallon car - but it was alleged that the powers in Detroit bought the new invention for millions and refused to put it into cars because that would cause the price of gasoline to drop to nothing. I never reasoned out that car makers didn't have a dog in the price of gasoline fight so they would not be the ones to bury such an invention . . . never mind that, it was still a cool 'secret' to know. Now many years before that we encounter something even more outrageous . . . a scientist who can manufacture a real diamond for pennies . . . . how silly! The world will end before that could ever happen, right? Well, anyway, our hero Captain Bulldog Drummond is finally getting married and promises to give up amateur sleuthing forever, and the day before his wedding he and his bride are given a large, perfect diamond made by the famous scientist. It just happens that Aunt Blanche has brought the fellow who is the head of the diamond business in England and when he sees this huge man-made diamond he must get a look at it to determine if it is real or not. The lights go out . . . a man is dead . . . and the diamond, along with the diamond businessman have both disappeared. Bulldog Drummond tells Tenny his manservant to get the car, the chase is on . . . . but there is one little problem. Bride-to-be Phyllis Clavering tells Drummond that if he walks out that door to chase the killer and diamond thief she will never see him again and the wedding is off. Hmmmm . . . . what will Bulldog Drummond do? If he chooses his bride over the mystery we won't have much of a story to watch, will we? The big question then is: Will Bulldog Drummond marry Phyllis before the movie's closing credits or will we need to wait for another sequel before bachelor Bulldog Drummond loses his fight against the matrimonial altar? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
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