GenreAction, Adventure, Crime Running time1h 6m Story byH. C. McNeile CountryUSA
WriterHerman C. McNeile, The Third Round, Stuart Palmer Release date17 March 1938 Initial releaseMarch 17, 1938 (New York City) CastJohn Barrymore (Col. Neilson), John Howard (Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond), Louise Campbell (Phyllis Clavering), Reginald Denny (Algy Longworth), E.E. Clive (Tenny), Porter Hall (Dr. Botulian) Similar moviesBulldog Drummond's Secret Police, Bulldog Drummond Escapes, Bulldog Jack, Bulldog Drummond Comes Back, Calling Bulldog Drummond, Bulldog Drummond's Revenge
TaglineFiction's greatest adventurer
Bulldog Drummond's Peril is a 1938 American film directed by James P. Hogan. The film is based on Herman C. McNeile's novel The Third Round.
The intended wedding of Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (John Howard) to Phyllis Clavering (Heather Angel) at her villa in Switzerland is stopped short (once again) when someone murders the Swiss policeman who is guarding their wedding presents. The killer makes off with their prize possession, a synthetic diamond, made by a secret process by Professor Bernard Goodman (Halliwell Hobbes), the father of their good friend Gwen Longworth (Nydia Westman). A guest, Sir Raymond Blantyre (Matthew Boulton (actor)), head of the Metropolitan Diamond Syndicate, disappears at the same time, and Drummond suspects that Sir Raymond, who has the most to lose if Professor Goodman proceeds with his plans to publish his secret process, has something to do with the theft. He leaves Phyllis and chases back to England. Colonel Nielsen (John Barrymore), of Scotland Yard, as usual scoffs at Drummond's suspicions and insists that a man as respected as Sir Raymond could not possibly be involved in such a crime. An explosion that wrecks Goodman's house, and apparently kills him, makes Drummond more positive that the diamond king has again resorted to murder to protect his business. He follows Professor Botulian (Porter Hall), a lifelong rival of Goodman's, whom he believes to be involved in the affair. His hunt leads him to a lonely house on the outskirts of London where he finds Goodman a prisoner. Drummond's valet Tenny (E.E. Clive) soon joins them as captive, but brings with him the means of escape. After Goodman is taken to safety, Drummond discovers that Phyllis, who was searching for him, is now being held by the crooks. Drummond quickly returns to the house to confront Sir Raymond and his armed confederates. Drummond begins to fight his way out, but is met by superior forces.
Differences from novel
Loosely based upon The Third Round (1924) by Herman Cyril McNeile