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Temple Tower
Director: Donald Gallaher (Dir)
Release Date:   13 Apr 1930
Duration (in mins):   58
Duration (in feet):   5,200
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Kenneth MacKenna (Capt. Hugh Drummond)  
    Marceline Day (Patricia Verney)  
    Henry B. Walthall (Blackton)  
    Cyril Chadwick (Peter Darrell)  
    Peter Gawthorne (Matthews)  
    Ivan Linow (Gaspard)  
    Frank Lanning (The Nightingale)  
    Yorke Sherwood (Constable)  

Summary: Bulldog Drummond discovers that a gang of thieves are stationed in a house located in his part of town, and he determines to capture them. Headed by Blackton, they have doublecrossed their previous companions in crime, one of whom is known as The Masked Strangler. Patricia Verney takes a position as secretary to Backton, who killed her uncle and robbed him of some emeralds. Though Blackton employs various fiendish ruses to safeguard the jewels, Drummond and his men from Scotland Yard unmask the strangler and bring the criminals to justice. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Donald Gallaher (Dir)
  Horace Hough (Asst dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
Writer: Llewellyn Hughes (Scr)
  Llewellyn Hughes (Dial)
Photography: Charles G. Clarke (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Clyde Carruth (Film ed)
Sound: Frank MacKenzie (Sd rec)
Country: United States
Language: English
Series: Bulldog Drummond

Source Text: Based on the novel Temple Tower by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile (Garden City, NY, 1929).
Authors: H. C. "Sapper" McNeile

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp. 16/3/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1196

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si.

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Detectives
  Impersonation and imposture
  Scotland Yard (London, England)

Note: According to the Catalogue of the Stories and Plays Owned by Fox Film Corporation issued 1 Jul 1935, Fox owned "world-wide silent and sound motion picture rights" to this property for a term set to expire on 23 Oct 1936. Paramount Pictures produced another film based on the novel in 1939. Titled Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police , that film was directed by James Hogan and starred John Howard and Heather Angel (see entry).
       For information on other films featuring the "Bulldog Drummond" character, please consult the entries above for for Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) and Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   11 May 1930.   
New York Times   10 May 1930   p. 25.
Variety   14 May 1930   p. 43.

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