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Hugh Bulldog Drummond (Ray Milland) returns to england, where hje is
pretty much discouraged from doing some detective work by everyone, including
police Colonel Nieslon (Guy Stnding) & his perpetual sidekick Algie
(Reginald Denny), whose wife is having a baby ... but when Drummond finds an
unconscious woman & a dead men besides he road to his house, he
immeduiately hurls himself into the mystery, especially after the unconscious
woman steals his car (but she doesn't get far it seems).
Turns out that the
mysterius woman is Phyllis Clavering (Heather Angel), who stays at Greystone
Manor (in the immediate neighbourhood of Drummond's manor), where she is
treated for persecution mania, thinking that her brother was killed by a
certain Norman Merridew (Porter Hall), who's now after her inheritance ...
which is of course total rubbish - or so Norman Merridew, who strangely enough
stays at Greystone castle with her, assures Drummond ... a story that is just
too plausible to be true, thinks Drummond, , & starts investigating, even
managing to lure Algie away from his wife who is about to deliver.
Nielson & the local police however seem less than pleased about the newly
arrived investigator, & almost arrest him & Algie at one point too
(they are only just saved by Tenny [E.E.Clive], Drummond's butler).
Drummond & friends are at Greystone Manor again, & while Tenny &
Algie accidently take Merridew's sister Nathalie (Fay Holden) hostage, Drummond
frees Phyllis, but is himself captured by Merridew ... & finds out why
Merridew is quite so eager to get possession of Greystone Manor ... he runs a
counterfeiting outfit in the manor's basement ...
In the end it is actually
Phyllis who breaks Drummond free from Merridew, just before Colonel Nielson
arrives, who, it turns out, has been after Merridew for quite some time.
of 8 Paramount-produced Bulldog Drummond-films (& the
only one starring Ray Milland, the others star John Howard), pretty much
setting the tone for the series: The Bulldog Drummond films are
nice little B-mysteries full of all the usual trappings, like bearded
villains, sinister butlers, secret passageways, sliding doors & of course
the dashing hero & his loveable if naive sidekick.
Escapes itself is not a bad film, as it's fast-paced & refuses to take
itself too seriously, on the other hand it's hardly significant, as the 1930's
seemed to be in constant supply of this kind of B-mysteries ...