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December 14, 2016
Exciting early talkie crime thriller.
½ September 12, 2015
good start of this once popular serial
September 7, 2013
I saw this years ago on VHS, and quite admired it's style and script for a 1929 movie. I just saw it again, and my thoughts on it still havent changed. Quite cracking, and Ronald Colman is great as the bored millionaire who puts an ad in the paper to see if he can drum up some excitement. What he gets is a caper where an old codger is held against his will. Drummond fights to get him out, much to the chagrin of a absolutely terrific Lilyan Tashman.
December 18, 2011
Bennett's overacting is a bit hard to stomach; otherwise, this is an enjoyable early talkie.
October 22, 2011
Love Colman, but this film not altogether that good. A rich guy decides he's bored and takes out an ad to find someone who wants him to help them in some way. Already an absurd proposition. But a damsel writes back and expresses her distress. She's got an uncle who's locked up in an asylum, but she claims he's being held captive.

Basically the film involves the good guy breaking into the asylum and talking very calmly to the bad guys; who respond by chasing him back to his lodge where they all kidnap and escape each other.

It's a back and forth without enough drama to care about the journey. The damsel, the uncle, even the femme fatale. Everything is treated to "properly English" to consider how it plays out.
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½ September 1, 2011
Considering the age of this antique surprising fluid film with Colman perfectly urbane in the lead. Joan Bennett is just a baby here and years away from the sassy brunette of many classic noirs.
½ December 9, 2009
A fine classic. Ronald Colman is terrific as he usually is. Good story, a bit talky, but it?s well produced, particularly the art direction. The pacing is also a bit slow, but overall, a great film.
½ December 9, 2009
A fine classic. Ronald Colman is terrific as he usually is. Good story, a bit talky, but it?s well produced, particularly the art direction. The pacing is also a bit slow, but overall, a great film.
Super Reviewer
October 23, 2009
Ronald Colman holds the show together well. It comes across as a cliff hanger serial, which starts with good potential, but never quite delivers. Allister and Benge play Bulldog's friend and butler respectively. Allister is beyond annoying as the supposed comedy relief. Bennett plays the damsel in distress, Phyllis, who seeks Bulldog's help for her uncle. A Dr. Lakington is keeping her uncle drugged at a supposed nursing home. Carl and Irma Peterson are the masterminds behind the scheme to get the uncle's money. Bulldog must use his fists, his gun, his car, and his intellect to stay a step ahead of the swindlers and their goons. A good early attempt at a thriller. More worthwhile for how it influenced later adventure serials.
April 30, 2009
Entertaining crime film starring Ronald Colman (in his first talking picture) as the title character, a regular citizen who gets bored with his life so he decides to become a crime fighter. This movie had a great opening, it just jumps into the story. The cast is fun, Colman is excellent and Claude Allister is great as the comedic part of the team. The story's not the greatest and it's got some simple gags, but you've gotta remember that this was 1929 and a lot of this stuff hasn't been filmed before (for instance, the bad guys not realzing they're fighting each other in the darkness). This is the first part of one of those film series during that time, I believe Colman only starred in the next film before others took his place.
Super Reviewer
August 27, 2008
Good early Ronald Colman action film.
Super Reviewer
October 30, 2007
Eh...not one of the best of the period.
October 24, 2007
I'll be the first to review it. Not very good is the best way to describe this movie. If you can get past the poor quality of the what is left of the film, the director just didn't know how to make a movie. It's just a mess.
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