Review: ‘Bulldog Drummond’

Entertaining picture of the highly charged thriller meller kind, mostly because of the likable performance of Ronald Colman in his first screamer. As a picture it's intense, with the suspense often and sharply broken into for a laugh by a fop Englishman of the common stage type.

Entertaining picture of the highly charged thriller meller kind, mostly because of the likable performance of Ronald Colman in his first screamer. As a picture it’s intense, with the suspense often and sharply broken into for a laugh by a fop Englishman of the common stage type.

Adapted from the English stage play, many scenes are on the screen that could not have been set upon a stage. Bulldog Drummond is an idler looking for excitement. He gets it by saving the grandfather of a strange young woman from an insane asylum’s crooks.

Play appears to have been pretty faithfully followed. Samuel Goldwyn gives the story a good production in all ways, with F. Richard Jones expertly handling the direction.

Lilyan Tashman is the she-devil. She takes her whisky straight. Lawrence Grant plays the fiendish doctor and well enough. Joan Bennett, the new lead, is oke on the looks side. She seems held down here, probably through inexperience.

1929/30: Nomination: Best Art Direction

Bulldog Drummond

Production

Goldwyn. Director F. Richard Jones; Producer Samuel Goldwyn; Screenplay Sidney Howard; Camera George S. Barnes, Gregg Toland; Editor Frank Lawrence, Viola Lawrence; Music [uncredited]; Art Director William Cameron Menzies

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Ronald Colman Claud Allister Joan Bennett Lilyan Tashman Lawrence Grant Montagu Love
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