Once again, Bulldog Drummond is due to get married and something might get in his way. To prevent the trouble, he and his trusty butler have removed all the guns from the house, cut the telephone line, stayed in for a week and, to be sure they didn’t wander, removed all the pants from the house. These precautions aside, their friend gets kidnapped to Morocco and BD and pals rush in to save the day, which they do to our delight. A creepy spy in a bad goatee captures Bulldog’s friend and tries to get him to talk by treating him civilly and threatening his life. He’s a mix between a bond villain and Erich von Stroheim in The Grand Illusion. All honor and stuff.
- As usual, Bulldog is delightfully scallywaggish, gleefully trying to escape his Moroccan guards by tying sheets together to hang out the window. When the guards want to know where Drummond has gone, his friends say he’s “having his bath.” It takes them several minutes to remember that his room has no private bathroom.
- Playing Jeeves to Bulldog’s Wooster, the butler saves the day over and over.
- Algy didn’t get as many opportunities to be an ass in this movie as he did in the last one. He was enjoyable nonetheless.
- No severed limbs, though the bomb they planted on the underside of Bulldog’s plane went up quite nicely.
- The landing scene taught me something about old-timey aviation: he had a “flares” lever to pull that dropped a series of flares on the ground, improvising a runway for himself. Pretty sweet.
Worth my thirty-eight cents:
Like Dr. Evil, the villain in this drama is a criminal mastermind looking to sell technological secrets to the highest bidder. He keeps a pack of lions chained up and hungry (perhaps he keeps them mean by singing off key, ala Chief Wiggum) to threaten his victims with. No simple pliers or electrodes for this guy–no, no. He tortures people by tying them to a tree and letting a lion take swipes at them. Of course, during his fistfight with Bulldog Drummond, he’s knocked into the lion’s den and eaten.