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Bulldog Drummond Escapes(1937)

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This film's working titles were Bulldog Drummond Saves a Lady, Bulldog Drummond's Holiday and Bulldog Drummond's Romance. The Motion Picture Herald review refers to the film as Bulldog Drummond's Escape. Although notes in the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library refer to the film's source as a novel, a play script is included in the files. A modern source erroneously lists the film's source as Sapper's novel Female of the Species, which was the source of Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (see below). This film was the first in Paramount's Bulldog Drummond series, although modern sources note that it was the ninth film in which the character appeared. Between 1937 and 1939, Paramount made eight Bulldog Drummond films. Bulldog Drummond Escapes is the only film in the Paramount series in which Ray Milland played the lead. John Howard played Drummond in the remaining seven films, three of which he starred in with John Barrymore as "Colonel Nielson." Reginald Denny as "Algy Longworth" and E. E. Clive as Drummond's butler "Tenny" appear in all eight of the Paramount films. (Although Denny's character is called "Algy Langworth" in the screen credits and the script to this film, he is referred to as "Algy Longworth" in the film and in the rest of the series.) Heather Angel appears as "Phyllis Clavering" in five films of the Paramount series, while Louise Campbell plays the role in three. For more information on adaptations of Sapper's works and for a list of other films that feature the Bulldog Drummond character, please see the entry for the 1934 United Artists film Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, below, and consult the Series Index.