|BULLDOG DRUMMOND'S REVENGE (director: Louis King; screenwriters: Edward T. Lowe/based on H. C. McNeile's 1932 novel The Return of Bulldog Drummond; cinematographer: Harry Fischbeck; editor: Arthur Schmidt; cast: E. E. Clive (Tenny), Miki Morita (Sumio Kanda), Matthew Boulton (Sir John Haxton ), John Howard (Capt. Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond), John Barrymore (Colonel Nielson), Frank Puglia (Draven Nogais), Louise Campbell (Phyllis Clavering), Nydia Westman (Gwen Longworth), Reginald Denny (Algy Longworth), Robert Gleckler (Hardcastle); Runtime: 55; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Stuart Walker/Edward T. Lowe; Janus (Paramount); 1938)|
|"Pleasant but slight crime drama
in the long running Drummond series."
by Dennis Schwartz
King ("Smoky"/"Sand"/"Powder River")
helms this pleasant but slight crime drama in the long
running Drummond series. It has the American sleuth
Captain Drummond (John Howard), while in London,
traveling to Switzerland in order to marry his anxious
girlfriend Phyllis (Louise Campbell).
But the disappearance of a dangerous cargo of a new
unstable super-bomb, in a suitcase, after the plane
carrying its Brit scientist inventor (
Matthew Boulton) crashes and he's killed, makes
him delay his plans. The case is officially handled by
Drummond's friend, Scotland Yard's Colonel Nielson (John
Bulldog's attempt to retrieve the deadly bomb, he's
aided by his clumsy sidelick Reginald Denny and his
impeccably mannered Brit servant E.E. Clive. The
villain is the scientist's trusted secretary, Draven
Nogais (Frank Puglia). He kills his boss and plans on
selling the bomb to Brit enemies for half a million
mystery for me is what revenge are they talking about
in the title, since it's clear Drummond gets revenge
on no one.
It's based on H. C. McNeile's 1932 novel The Return of Bulldog Drummond. Edward T. Lowe writes the tepid screenplay for the programmer.
REVIEWED ON 9/29/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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