BULLDOG DRUMMOND ESCAPES (1937)
Article #687 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 1-31-2003
Posting date: 6-30-2003
Directed by James Hogan
Featuring Ray Milland, Sir Guy Standing, Heather Angel
Hugh Drummond returns to England to get caught up in a case where an heiress is held prisoner by her relatives.
I actually ended up enjoying this little programmer immensely, largely because it was done with a light touch emphasizing humor. This is the second Bulldog Drummond movie I’ve seen; in the first, I was amused by the antics of his cohort Algy Longworth. He’s here in this one, too, though played by a different actor, but in this case, it’s E. E. Clive as Drummond’s fast-thinking proactive butler Tenny that steals the show. Drummond himself is played by Ray Milland, and I found some of the conversations between the two very amusing. However, despite my enjoyment of the movie, I didn’t really feel it qualifies as horror in any but the most marginal of ways; mainly, a little fog here and there and a house that might be a little spooky if you squint really hard. Nevertheless, since at least one of my sources lists it as such, I’m including it anyway.