Bulldog Drummond in Africa

Bulldog Drummond in Africa

John Howard
Director: Louis King Cast: John Howard
John Howard
, Heather Angel
Heather Angel
, H.B. Warner
H.B. Warner
Louis King

DVD (Black & White)

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Overview

Louis King's Bulldog Drummond In Africa (1938) arrives on DVD from Alpha Video in an edition mastered off of a clean but somewhat washed out print through which the producers have pumped slightly too much light in certain shots, whiting out the faces to a certain extent, especially in the opening scene of the 58 minute movie. In other shots the focus is soft or there in little contrast or definition, and in still others the contrast and density seem to shift within the same shot, as though someone were trying to do a quick, cheap film to video transfer on the fly -- faces flash and then settle down to a dull light level, at the beginnings or, more strangely, the ends of shots. Thus, the disc at hand is hardly the definitive edition of the film -- that will happen when Janus Films issues its edition, probably through Image Entertainment. It does, however, give one the an idea of the appeal of the movie, one of the more cheerful of the John Howard/Ray Milland espionage/adventure films based on the work of Henry C. "Sapper" McNeile. Alpha Video's standard six chapters are present, surprisingly inadequate given the episodic nature of this short film, which is long on exposition (including romance) as well as action.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
UPC: 0089218415790
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:58:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Howard Capt. Hugh Drummond
Heather Angel Phyllis Clavering
H.B. Warner Col. Nielson
Reginald Denny Algie Longworth
E.E. Clive Tenny
Anthony Quinn Deane Fordline
Matthew Boulton Maj. Grey
Neil Fitzgerald McTurk
Michael Brooke Baron Nevsky
Jean de Briac Walter
Paul Porcasi Hotel Manager
William Von Brincken Dr. Stern
Evan Thomas Sergeant
Forrester Harvey Constable Jenkins
Gerald Rogers Tailor
Leonard Carey Phillips
Fortunio Bonanova Actor
J. Carrol Naish Richard Lane

Technical Credits
Louis King Director
Anne Bauchens Editor
Hans Dreier Art Director
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Harold Hurley Producer
Edward T. Lowe Producer
Herman C. McNeile Screenwriter
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Boris Morros Score Composer
Garnett Weston Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:19]
2. Chapter 2 [8:03]
3. Chapter 3 [9:36]
4. Chapter 4 [11:33]
5. Chapter 5 [6:16]
6. Chapter 6 [12:10]

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