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Great Beginnings: Bulldog Drummond February 12, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> Great Beginnings, >> Radio Drama.
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Based on the writings of “Sapper” – British officer and author Herman Cyril McNeile (1888 – 1937) – Bulldog Drummond was the civilian private detective adventures of Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond, holder of Military Cross and Distinguished Service Order earned in World War One.

McNeile’s writing appeared in books and magazines and was adapted to film. The radio series ran mostly from 1941 through 1949 on Mutual although the network picked it up for another three months in early 1954.

In a 1935 article, McNeile described the character as a “strong and ugly hero.” Strong, indeed. Each show started as follows:

. . .

SFX:  BED: FOOTSTEPS ON CEMENT. BIG BEN STRIKES TWICE. OFF MIC: TWO FOGHORN BLASTS.

ANNOUNCER:  Out of the fog, out of the night, and into his American adventures comes Bulldog Drummond.

SFX:  TWO PISTOL SHOTS. POLICE WHISTLE BLOWS THREE TIMES.

. . .

Crossing media from books and magazines to films and radio, McNeile’s “strong and ugly” Bulldog Drummond had Great Beginnings.

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