Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)

58 or 60 mins | Drama | 24 September 1937

Director:

Louis King

Writer:

Edward T. Lowe

Producer:

Stuart Walker

Cinematographer:

William C. Mellor

Editor:

James Smith

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Franz Bachelin

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A pre-production news item in HR on 28 Jul 1937 announced that Nydia Westman was in this film's cast, although she is not listed in the onscreen credits or in reviews, and could not be identified in the viewed print. A 4 Aug 1937 HR news item states that Frank Puglia would be replacing actor J. Carroll Naish, who had another committment, although Naish appears in the final film. Script notes by producer Stuart Walker included in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library state, [the character of Colonel] "Nielson would do better as a "lascar" than as Gin Nose in the limehouse sequence. The disguise is easier to make up convincingly--it is more menacing and more dignified." The script to the film's trailer, referring to the title of Sapper's story on which the film is based, emphasizes that, for the first time, Bulldog Drummond's opponent is a woman, stating: "The female of the species...more deadly than the male!" This film was the second in Paramount's "Bulldog Drummond" series. For more information on the Paramount series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Bulldog Drummond Escapes below. For additional information on other Bulldog Drummond films, consult the entry for Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back ... More Less

A pre-production news item in HR on 28 Jul 1937 announced that Nydia Westman was in this film's cast, although she is not listed in the onscreen credits or in reviews, and could not be identified in the viewed print. A 4 Aug 1937 HR news item states that Frank Puglia would be replacing actor J. Carroll Naish, who had another committment, although Naish appears in the final film. Script notes by producer Stuart Walker included in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library state, [the character of Colonel] "Nielson would do better as a "lascar" than as Gin Nose in the limehouse sequence. The disguise is easier to make up convincingly--it is more menacing and more dignified." The script to the film's trailer, referring to the title of Sapper's story on which the film is based, emphasizes that, for the first time, Bulldog Drummond's opponent is a woman, stating: "The female of the species...more deadly than the male!" This film was the second in Paramount's "Bulldog Drummond" series. For more information on the Paramount series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Bulldog Drummond Escapes below. For additional information on other Bulldog Drummond films, consult the entry for Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back below. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Sep 1937.
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Film Daily
7 Sep 37
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 37
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Aug 37
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
3 Sep 37
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Sep 37
p. 51.
New York Times
4 Sep 37
p. 8.
Variety
8 Sep 37
p. 18.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Female of the Species by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile (London, 1928).
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 September 1937
Production Date:
began 1 November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 September 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7458
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58 or 60
Length(in feet):
5,285
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3586
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

As Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond prepares to marry Phyllis Clavering, she is kidnapped by criminal Mikhail Valdin and his sister, Erena Soldanis. Because Hugh helped send Erena's husband to the gallows, she and Valdin hope to mentally torture Hugh through a series of clues delivered to him on gramophone albums, promising to lead Hugh to Phyllis if Scotland Yard does not interfere. The first clue directs Hugh and his friend Algy Longworth to Anglers Rest, a fisherman's tavern forty miles from Rockingham Lodge, where Hugh lives. Before they leave, Colonel Nielson of Scotland Yard informs them that Valdin and Erena are wanted for swindling an American millionaire and then murdering him. Nielson then disguises himself as a fisherman and trails Hugh. After the next clue leads Hugh to an old building at which he hears Phyllis screaming, he returns to Rockingham Lodge, where the still disguised Nielson meets him. Erena, in a message, then promises Hugh a visit with Phyllis on condition that he return to Anglers Rest. While en route to the tavern, however, Hugh is abducted and taken to the Mere, an old haunted house, where he searches for Phyllis after being left alone. In answer to Valdin's riddle, Hugh pulls on a dog shackle embedded in the basement wall, and gas begins to fill the room as a bound Phyllis is thrown in with him and the couple hears the ticking of a bomb. As Erena and Valdin escape the house, Nielson and the police finally arrive and arrest them. Meanwhile, Hugh's faithful valet Tenny saves him, Algy and Phyllis before the Mere explodes. Nielson then reveals himself behind ... +


As Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond prepares to marry Phyllis Clavering, she is kidnapped by criminal Mikhail Valdin and his sister, Erena Soldanis. Because Hugh helped send Erena's husband to the gallows, she and Valdin hope to mentally torture Hugh through a series of clues delivered to him on gramophone albums, promising to lead Hugh to Phyllis if Scotland Yard does not interfere. The first clue directs Hugh and his friend Algy Longworth to Anglers Rest, a fisherman's tavern forty miles from Rockingham Lodge, where Hugh lives. Before they leave, Colonel Nielson of Scotland Yard informs them that Valdin and Erena are wanted for swindling an American millionaire and then murdering him. Nielson then disguises himself as a fisherman and trails Hugh. After the next clue leads Hugh to an old building at which he hears Phyllis screaming, he returns to Rockingham Lodge, where the still disguised Nielson meets him. Erena, in a message, then promises Hugh a visit with Phyllis on condition that he return to Anglers Rest. While en route to the tavern, however, Hugh is abducted and taken to the Mere, an old haunted house, where he searches for Phyllis after being left alone. In answer to Valdin's riddle, Hugh pulls on a dog shackle embedded in the basement wall, and gas begins to fill the room as a bound Phyllis is thrown in with him and the couple hears the ticking of a bomb. As Erena and Valdin escape the house, Nielson and the police finally arrive and arrest them. Meanwhile, Hugh's faithful valet Tenny saves him, Algy and Phyllis before the Mere explodes. Nielson then reveals himself behind his disguise and Tenny loses Hugh's marriage license in the wind, after which everyone goes after it. +

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