Bulldog Drummond (1929)

80 mins | Melodrama | 3 August 1929

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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Bulldog Drummond was 1 Feb 1929.
       Bulldog Drummond was the first sound and dialogue picture of popular British-born actor Ronald Colman. Colman received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his collective work on this film and Condemned (See Entry). The 1921 play Bulldog Drummond by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile, starring Gerald Du Maurier, was the first stage adaption of Sapper's popular novel Bull-dog Drummond (New York, 1919). The play opened on Broadway on 26 Dec 1921.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       The 1929 film marked the first appearance of the "Captain Hugh ‘Bulldog’ Drummond" character in an American film, although the character had appeared in the 1922 British picture Bulldog Drummond , starring Carlyle Blackwell, as well as the 1925 British film Bulldog Drummond's Third Round , starring Jack Buchanan. Colman reprised his role as Drummond in the 1934 Samuel Goldwyn production Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back , directed by Roy Del Ruth. For information on that film, as well as other films and novels featuring the character, please consult the entry ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Bulldog Drummond was 1 Feb 1929.
       Bulldog Drummond was the first sound and dialogue picture of popular British-born actor Ronald Colman. Colman received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his collective work on this film and Condemned (See Entry). The 1921 play Bulldog Drummond by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile, starring Gerald Du Maurier, was the first stage adaption of Sapper's popular novel Bull-dog Drummond (New York, 1919). The play opened on Broadway on 26 Dec 1921.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       The 1929 film marked the first appearance of the "Captain Hugh ‘Bulldog’ Drummond" character in an American film, although the character had appeared in the 1922 British picture Bulldog Drummond , starring Carlyle Blackwell, as well as the 1925 British film Bulldog Drummond's Third Round , starring Jack Buchanan. Colman reprised his role as Drummond in the 1934 Samuel Goldwyn production Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back , directed by Roy Del Ruth. For information on that film, as well as other films and novels featuring the character, please consult the entry below.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
19 Oct 1929
p. 45.
Exhibitors Herald-World
9 Mar 1929
p. 41.
Film Daily
8 Feb 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
5 May 1929
p. 9.
New York Times
3 May 1928
p. 23.
Photoplay
Jul 1929
p. 54.
Variety
8 May 1929
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A F. Richard Jones production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Assoc dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Adpt for the talking screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Bulldog Drummond by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile (London, 29 Mar 1921).
SONGS
"(I Says to Myself Says I) There's the One for Me," words by Jack Yellen, music by Harry Akst.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 August 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 2 May 1929
Production Date:
began 1 February 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP593
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
8,376
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Bored with civilian life in London after World War I, Bulldog Drummond, a young British Army officer, advertises for adventure. His advertisement is answered by Phyllis Benton, a young American who wants Drummond to free her uncle, Hiram J. Travers, from an insane asylum where he is being held prisoner by Dr. Lakington, a sadistic physician, and his confederate, Peterson. Lakington's intention is to torture Travers into signing away his fortune. After several thrilling experiences, Drummond and his friend Algy kidnap Travers, unconscious in a drug-induced coma, and thereby he wins Phyllis' love and Travers' ... +


Bored with civilian life in London after World War I, Bulldog Drummond, a young British Army officer, advertises for adventure. His advertisement is answered by Phyllis Benton, a young American who wants Drummond to free her uncle, Hiram J. Travers, from an insane asylum where he is being held prisoner by Dr. Lakington, a sadistic physician, and his confederate, Peterson. Lakington's intention is to torture Travers into signing away his fortune. After several thrilling experiences, Drummond and his friend Algy kidnap Travers, unconscious in a drug-induced coma, and thereby he wins Phyllis' love and Travers' gratitude. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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