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Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Director: Frank McDonald (Dir)
Release Date:   4 Sep 1947
Production Date:   6 May--15 May 1947
Duration (in mins):   64-65
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Cast:   Ron Randell (Bulldog Drummond)  
    Gloria Henry (Ellen Curtiss)  
    Pat O'Moore (Algy Longworth)  
    Anabel Shaw (Ellen Curtiss #2)  
    Terry Kilburn (Seymour)  
    Holmes Herbert (Inspector McIver)  
    Wilton Graff (Cedric Mason)  
    Matthew Boulton (William Cosgrove)  
    Barry Bernard (Vincent Cummings)  
    Carl Harbord (Inspector Sanderson)  
    Leslie Denison (Sgt. Schubeck)  
    Elspeth Dudgeon (Nanny)  
    Frank Marlowe (Williams)  
    Lee Anderson (Hat check girl)  
    Eric Wilton (Bartender)  

Summary: Scotland Yard Inspector Sanderson goes to the offices of attorney Cedric Mason to request his aid on a missing heir case. While they are talking, Ellen Curtiss arrives to claim the Cosgrove estate and is informed by Mason that another woman claiming to be Ellen Curtiss has already filed title to the inheritance left by her late aunt. Later, at the Red Boar Inn, Sanderson meets the second Ellen Curtiss. Observing their meeting is amateur sleuth Bulldog Drummond and his pal Algy Longworth. His curiosity aroused, Drummond visits Sanderson's home, accompanied by Algy and cub reporter Seymour, and finds Sanderson dead, the victim of a bullet. Hiding in the closet of the apartment is the first Ellen, who visited Mason's office earlier, and who tells Drummond that she is innocent and that the inspector was shot through a window. While Drummond waits for the arrival of Inspector McIver, Algy and Seymour take Ellen to Drummond's apartment. Later, at the apartment, Ellen convinces Drummond that the other girl is an impostor, and Drummond arranges for the the two Ellens to meet at the Red Boar. There, the two Ellens confront each other, and after the second Ellen demonstrates an all-inclusive knowledge of the Cosgrove family history, the first Ellen convinces Drummond that her rival must have been briefed by someone. Drummond then visits Mason's office, where he meets William Cosgrove, brother of the deceased, who has only been willed one shilling by his wealthy sister. When Cosgrove identifies the second Ellen as his niece, the first Ellen, claiming that there is a plot against her, insists that her governess, whom she remembers only as "Nanny," can bear witness to her identity. To locate Nanny, Drummond searches the Cosgrove mansion and finds a book containing her address. After Nanny is found and identifies the first Ellen as the true heiress, Drummond, suspicious, tricks her into admitting that she had been coerced into lying and that the second Ellen is the actual heiress. Drummond then proves that Mason was in league with the phony Ellen to collect the estate, and that he murdered Sanderson after the inspector uncovered his plot. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: Frank McDonald (Dir)
  James Nicholson (Asst dir)
  Barton Adams (Asst dir)
Producer: Louis B. Appleton Jr. (Prod)
  Bernard Small (Prod)
Writer: Edna Anhalt (Scr)
  Edward Anhalt (Scr)
  Lawrence Edmund Taylor (Adpt)
Photography: Henry Freulich (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Robert Peterson (Art dir)
  Charles Clague (Art dir)
Film Editor: Richard Fantl (Film ed)
Set Decoration: George Montgomery (Int dec)
Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff (Mus dir)
Sound: Lambert Day (Sd eng)
Country: United States
Series: Bulldog Drummond

Source Text: Based on a novel by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile (publication undetermined).
Authors: H. C. "Sapper" McNeile

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp 4/9/1947 dd/mm/yyyy LP1202

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Detective
 
Subjects (Major): Amateur detectives
  Heiresses
  Impersonation and imposture
  Inheritance
 
Subjects (Minor): Lawyers
  Murder
  Nannies
  Police inspectors
  Reporters
  Uncles

Note: The plot of this film differs significantly from both the novel Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back and from the 1934 Twentieth Century-Fox film of the same title starring Ronald Colman. For additional information on films featuring the character "Bulldog Drummond," please consult the Series Index, see the entry above for Bulldog Drummond at Bay and the entry for Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0525. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   23 Aug 1947.   
Harrison's Reports   20 Sep 47   p. 150.
Hollywood Reporter   2 May 47   p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter   19 Sep 47   p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   1 Nov 47   p. 3906.

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