Bulldog Drummond's Peril 1938 NR

(5) IMDb 5.9/10

Bulldog Drummond's Peril stars John Howard as adventurer Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond and John Barrymore as his friend Col. Nielson of Scotland Yard. As Drummond and his fiancee Phyllis are about to tie the knot, when the theft of one of their wedding gifts--a synthetic diamond, no less--reveals the existence of a gang of international gem speculators who are willing to kill to control their market.

Starring:
John Barrymore, John Howard
Runtime:
1 hour, 7 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Adventure, Action, Mystery
Director James P. Hogan
Starring John Barrymore, John Howard
Supporting actors Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny, E.E. Clive, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Nydia Westman, Michael Brooke, Halliwell Hobbes, Matthew Boulton, Zeffie Tilbury, David Clyde, Clyde Cook, Austin Fairman, Gregory Gaye, Pat X. Kerry, David Thursby, Torben Meyer, Jimmy Aubrey
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2004
Format: DVD
This film will appeal only to those who really enjoy B movies from the 1930's. Put out by Congress Films, this is a real low budget flick that will have you snoring by the second reel. It seems that someone has stolen one of Bulldog Drummond's wedding presents, and in the process killed a man guarding all the gifts. Bulldog (John Howard)leaves his bride-to-be to get the gift back. From here on the movie doesn't get any better. "Bulldog Drummond's Revenge" is a better selection in the series. Better yet, opt for Monogram Picture's "Mr Wong, Detective" starring Boris Karloff which is a nicer effort and actually has a tricky ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on November 8, 2010
Format: DVD
Bulldog Drummond's Peril, 1938 film

The story begins with cars on a road in London England. There is a notice about a wedding in Switzerland. [Note how Blanche uses that camera.] The gift of a large man-made diamond is a threat to the diamond cartel. Can it be stolen? "No home is complete without one." They find the detective hired to watch the gifts under a table! Would a man of wealth and position stoop to stealing? [How did he gain his wealth?] The ability to manufacture diamonds would destroy the value of real diamonds and the value of their company stock. Will this investigation interfere with the wedding? We see how they hide a diamond in a book. Hugh sends a cablegram to Neilson, who treats it as a joke. Can Hugh, Algy, and Tenny quickly fly to England? But there is zero visibility! Can Hugh land safely?

Sir Raymond Blantyre visits the scientist who manufactured the artificial diamond; he repeats the process. Professor Goodman plans to reveal the process to the public. This will result in a great loss for the diamond industry! [You know where this is going.] They offer a large sum for the exclusive rights to this process, a monopoly patent. But he refuses. Will this put him in great danger? It can affect the British Empire! Blantyre offers first Ł5,000 then Ł50,000! Will there be a double-cross? Later Hugh shows up. Tenny sees what happened, and follows the truck. Botulian shows up shows up and is accused of being there earlier. Botulian visits Hugh and gets Goodman's notes. Later Hugh visits Botulian to see Professor Goodman, and is captured. Where are they kept? Hugh's friends search all over. They escape, then Hugh must return to rescue Phyllis. There is a struggle, Hugh wins. Colonel Neilson arrives with the police to sort things out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2008
Format: DVD
It looks like Bulldog (John Howard) is getting married to Phyllis (Louise Campbell) and giving up the detecting racket. One of the wedding gifts is an artificial or man made diamond. Naturally this is seen by a diamond mine owner, Sir Raymond Blantyre (Matthew Boulton.) He realized his economy is in peril. The diamond and Sir Raymond go missing and there is a body left behind. It does not take long to figure how what happened. From here things get crossed and double crossed. There are explosive scenes and goofy chase scenes. Col. Neilson (John Barrymore) of Scotland Yard is after Captain Drummond for his indiscretions and only confuses things.

The whole film is pretty much Drummond formula (screen play by Stuart Palmer and based on "The Third Round" by H.C. (Snapper) McNeile) but there is no spark among the characters or satisfaction in the chases or discoveries or conclusions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midnight Hour on September 17, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A fine Bulldoy Drummond movie. An A plot movie with actors playing A parts even though they called them B movies. Add 10 minutes to this movie and you have an A movie. I think during this time of movie making those who made movies came up with the B movies in order to pay the actors less while producing a great movie and giving them more money and the actors less of same. The last laugh for these movie makers of B and A movies came from many of the actors. Many of them, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Lucille Ball and so many more went of to TV and made millions. Good for them. As for this movie you have a fine plot and the best actors which made a fine movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on April 2, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
BULLDOG DRUMMOND's REVENGE is a 1937 movie based on Sapper's novel THE RETURN OF BULLDOG DRUMMOND. The villain (Fank Puglia) tries to steal a secret formula for an explosive. John Barrymore appears as Colonel Neilson and John Howard has the role of Bulldog Drummond. Louise Campbell is Phyllis Clavering and Reginald Denny plays the part of Drummond's pal Algy Longworth.
BULLDOG DRUMMOND'S PERIL was a 1938 movie which was not up to the standards of the rest of the series and it marked John Barrymore's last appearance as Colonel Neilson. John Howard, Louise Campbell and Reginald Denny also acted in this film.
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