Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)

65 or 67 mins | Drama | 22 January 1937

Director:

James Hogan

Writer:

Edward T. Lowe

Cinematographer:

Victor Milner

Editor:

William Shea

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film's working titles were Bulldog Drummond Saves a Lady , Bulldog Drummond's Holiday and Bulldog Drummond's Romance . The MPH review refers to the film as Bulldog Drummond's Escape . Although notes in the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library refer to the film's source as a novel, a play script is included in the files. A modern source erroneously lists the film's source as Sapper's novel Female of the Species , which was the source of Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (see below). This film was the first in Paramount's Bulldog Drummond series, although modern sources note that it was the ninth film in which the character appeared. Between 1937 and 1939, Paramount made eight Bulldog Drummond films. Bulldog Drummond Escapes is the only film in the Paramount series in which Ray Milland played the lead. John Howard played Drummond in the remaining seven films, three of which he starred in with John Barrymore as "Colonel Nielson." Reginald Denny as "Algy Longworth" and E. E. Clive as Drummond's butler "Tenny" appear in all eight of the Paramount films. (Although Denny's character is called "Algy Langworth" in the screen credits and the script to this film, he is referred to as "Algy Longworth" in the film and in the rest of the series.) Heather Angel appears as "Phyllis Clavering" in five films of the Paramount series, while Louise Campbell plays the role in three. For more information on adaptations of Sapper's works and for a list of other films that feature the Bulldog Drummond character, please see the entry for the 1934 United ... More Less

This film's working titles were Bulldog Drummond Saves a Lady , Bulldog Drummond's Holiday and Bulldog Drummond's Romance . The MPH review refers to the film as Bulldog Drummond's Escape . Although notes in the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library refer to the film's source as a novel, a play script is included in the files. A modern source erroneously lists the film's source as Sapper's novel Female of the Species , which was the source of Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (see below). This film was the first in Paramount's Bulldog Drummond series, although modern sources note that it was the ninth film in which the character appeared. Between 1937 and 1939, Paramount made eight Bulldog Drummond films. Bulldog Drummond Escapes is the only film in the Paramount series in which Ray Milland played the lead. John Howard played Drummond in the remaining seven films, three of which he starred in with John Barrymore as "Colonel Nielson." Reginald Denny as "Algy Longworth" and E. E. Clive as Drummond's butler "Tenny" appear in all eight of the Paramount films. (Although Denny's character is called "Algy Langworth" in the screen credits and the script to this film, he is referred to as "Algy Longworth" in the film and in the rest of the series.) Heather Angel appears as "Phyllis Clavering" in five films of the Paramount series, while Louise Campbell plays the role in three. For more information on adaptations of Sapper's works and for a list of other films that feature the Bulldog Drummond character, please see the entry for the 1934 United Artists film Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back , below, and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Jan 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Apr 37
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jan 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
11 Jan 37
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Dec 36
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Mar 37
p. 47.
Variety
24 Feb 1937.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Bulldog Drummond Again by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile and Gerard Fairlie (production undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Bulldog Drummond's Escape
Bulldog Drummond's Holiday
Bulldog Drummond's Romance
Bulldog Drummond Saves a Lady
Release Date:
22 January 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 January 1937
Copyright Number:
LP6868
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65 or 67
Length(in feet):
6,036
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2952
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When detective Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond flies into London for the birth of his ex-partner Algy Langworth's first child, Inspector Nielson of Scotland Yard asks Drummond to meet him at Rockingham Lodge. En route to the lodge, a woman feigns being hit by Drummond's car and then drives away while Drummond runs to help a wounded man whose body sinks into the nearby marsh. Drummond discovers she is Phyllis Clavering, who resides next door at Greystone Manor, where she is being held by her guardian, Norman Merridew. After receiving a note from Phyllis regarding an envelope she left in his car, Drummond reads its contents to Nielson and Merridew, but it contains only jumbled nursery rhymes. While Merridew maintains Phyllis is delirious following the accidental death of her brother Ted, Phyllis tells Drummond the envelope contained proof that Merridew murdered Ted and that the man killed at the marsh was her chauffeur, who was trying to help her escape. Nielson, who is on vacation, is unconvinced of Merridew's criminality and therefore asks Drummond to drop the case and leave England immediately. Undaunted, Drummond procures the bullet that killed Ted and matches it with a bullet Merridew shoots into a dummy, which he thinks is Drummond. While Algy and Drummond's butler Tenny abduct Merridew's sister Natalie, thinking that she is Phyllis, Drummond finds Phyllis and they hide in a chest. Merridew finds Drummond, however, and leads him to a secret room where he has been manufacturing shrieks to convince Phyllis that she is crazy. Merridew then confesses to counterfeiting Phyllis' war bonds in order to steal her inheritance. After a struggle with a gun delivered by Phyllis, ... +


When detective Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond flies into London for the birth of his ex-partner Algy Langworth's first child, Inspector Nielson of Scotland Yard asks Drummond to meet him at Rockingham Lodge. En route to the lodge, a woman feigns being hit by Drummond's car and then drives away while Drummond runs to help a wounded man whose body sinks into the nearby marsh. Drummond discovers she is Phyllis Clavering, who resides next door at Greystone Manor, where she is being held by her guardian, Norman Merridew. After receiving a note from Phyllis regarding an envelope she left in his car, Drummond reads its contents to Nielson and Merridew, but it contains only jumbled nursery rhymes. While Merridew maintains Phyllis is delirious following the accidental death of her brother Ted, Phyllis tells Drummond the envelope contained proof that Merridew murdered Ted and that the man killed at the marsh was her chauffeur, who was trying to help her escape. Nielson, who is on vacation, is unconvinced of Merridew's criminality and therefore asks Drummond to drop the case and leave England immediately. Undaunted, Drummond procures the bullet that killed Ted and matches it with a bullet Merridew shoots into a dummy, which he thinks is Drummond. While Algy and Drummond's butler Tenny abduct Merridew's sister Natalie, thinking that she is Phyllis, Drummond finds Phyllis and they hide in a chest. Merridew finds Drummond, however, and leads him to a secret room where he has been manufacturing shrieks to convince Phyllis that she is crazy. Merridew then confesses to counterfeiting Phyllis' war bonds in order to steal her inheritance. After a struggle with a gun delivered by Phyllis, Algy arrives and wounds Merridew. Nielson then confesses he knew Merridew was guilty all along, telling Drummond he has been useful in his "own quiet, acrobatic way." Algy learns he is the father of a boy and Drummond and Phyllis drive off into the fog to make their wedding arrangements. +

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