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The Bulldog Breed

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The Bulldog Breed
UK Quad poster
Directed byRobert Asher
Written byHenry Blyth
Jack Davies
Norman Wisdom
Produced byHugh Stewart
StarringNorman Wisdom
CinematographyJack Asher
Edited byGerry Hambling
Music byPhilip Green
Distributed byRank Film Distributors
Release date
  • 13 December 1960 (1960-12-13)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Bulldog Breed is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Robert Asher and starring Norman Wisdom.[1]

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Norman Puckle, a well-meaning but clumsy grocer's assistant, cannot seem to do anything right. After being rejected by Marlene, the love of his life, he attempts suicide, but cannot even do that. He is saved from jumping off a cliff at "Lover's Leap" by a Royal Navy petty officer. He persuades Puckle to join the Royal Navy, where he will meet "lots of girls".

Life in the Navy proves not to be as rosy as described, and Puckle fails at every task during basic training. Despite this, he is regarded by the Admiral in charge of a rocket project to be a "typical average British sailor", and chosen to be the first man to fly into outer space in an experimental rocket.

Puckle fails at every stage of his training and is court-martialed, but successfully pleads for a final chance to prove himself. By accident, he takes the place of an astronaut and leaves Earth in the rocket. Equally by accident, he manages to return. He crash-lands on a Pacific island and ends up in the arms of a compliant local maiden.


Production notes

The film features early appearances by Michael Caine and Oliver Reed.

Coronation Street actors Johnny Briggs and William Roache also had small roles.

The film was made with co-operation from the Royal Navy, and features several of the Type 14 Blackwood-class frigates. An early scene shows a flotilla of these sailing out of Portland harbour, led by HMS Murray (F91).

Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "A naval farce which ought never to have put to sea. The best scene finds Norman Wisdom imprisoned in an over-inflated diving-suit. It is also, perhaps, the only genuinely funny scene."[2]

Variety wrote, "the film stands or falls by Wisdom and though the actor, as always, seems to be trying rather too hard, his general good humour and energy carry him through the various situations entertainingly ... Wisdom is surrounded by some very capable performers, notably Ian Hunter as the pompous admiral and Edward Chapman as an even more pompous character."[3]

Box Office

The film was a hit at the box office.[4]

External links


  1. ^ "The Bulldog Breed". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  2. ^ "The Bulldog Breed". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 28 (324): 22. 1 January 1961 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ "The Bulldog Breed". Variety. 1960. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Hugh Stewart". British Entertainment History Project. 22 November 1968.
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