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The Bulldog Breed (1960)

When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

Director:

Robert Asher

Writers:

Jack Davies (original screenplay), Henry Blyth (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Puckle
Ian Hunter ... Adm. Sir Bryanston Blyth
David Lodge ... CPO Knowles
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Cmdr. Clayton
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Philpots
Eddie Byrne ... PO Filkins
Peter Jones ... Diving Instructor
John Le Mesurier ... Prosecuting Counsel
Terence Alexander ... Defending Counsel
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Speedboat Owner
Brian Oulton ... Bert Ainsworth
Harold Goodwin ... Streaky Hopkinson
Johnny Briggs ... Johnny Nolan
Frank Williams ... Mr Carruthers
Joe Robinson ... Tall Sailor
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Storyline

When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

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Taglines:

From the Army's Funniest Private in "The Square Peg" - To the Navy's Most Riotous Seaman!

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1960 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rakete zur flotten Puppe See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is notable for being the only occasion Sir Michael Caine and Oliver Reed shared a scene together. It took place at a cinema lobby, where Reed plays a Teddy Boy, and Caine a sailor. It lasts only a few seconds. See more »

Goofs

When Puckle views the Earth from the spaceship (c. 128 minutes), he sees lines of latitude and longitude and countries marked in various colours, just as an inflatable plastic globe atlas usually has. See more »

Crazy Credits

'Bosun' - the bulldog in opening credits See more »

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Featured in Mike Baldwin & Me (2001) See more »

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THE BULLDOG BREED (Robert Asher, 1960) **1/2
25 August 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Entertaining but disjointed star farce in which Norman joins the Navy after being jilted by the girl of his dreams; in fact, the plot takes in all of the following and more: a scuffle outside a cinema (one of the bullies who beat up Wisdom is none other than Oliver Reed!), several hilarious attempts at suicide (by far the best scenes in the film), the star doing conjuring tricks, some rather silly shipboard shenanigans (as when Norman throws the entire crew overboard), an amusing court-martial sequence (featuring John Le Mesurier as the Prosecutor), a lengthy mountain-climbing episode and even a climax which sends the star into outer space! The film's trick effects utilize some crudely effective animation, and a reliable supporting cast highlights Ian Hunter (as the ship's Admiral), David Lodge (usually the brunt of Wisdom's antics), Edward Chapman (as the inventor of the rocket) and Liz Fraser (from the delightful Peter Sellers vehicles I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK! [1959] and TWO WAY STRETCH [1960]).


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