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The Bulldog Breed [DVD]

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  • Actors: Norman Wisdom, Ian Hunter, David Lodge
  • Directors: Robert Asher
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,256 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Norman Puckle (Norman Wisdom) is a grocer who joins the Navy and finds himself chosen to man a rocket flight into outer space. After Norman brings his own brand of madcap mayhem to the training process, his superiors begin to suspect that they might have picked the wrong person for the mission. Also starring Ian Hunter and Edward Chapman.

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Norman Wisdom's immense popularity stems from his hilarious portrayal of the little guy who always seemed to win out in the end. The cloth-capped bumbler is one of the great creations of British comedy.

Norman Puckle (Norman Wisdom) is in despair: his love for a haughty cinema attendant has been spurned. After trying to commit suicide, he is rescued and persuaded to join the Navy. There he continuously causes havoc, until he is hand-picked by the admiral as the first man to be sent into space aboard their new craft.

But why has the admiral selected an apparently bungling idiot, and, more importantly, how on earth will Norman cope?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov 2010
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The Bulldog Breed is a Norman Wisdom vehicle that's directed by Robert Asher & co-written by Wisdom with Henry Blyth & Jack Davies. Plot sees Wisdom as Norman Puckle, a hapless grocer's assistant who is hopelessly in love with Marlene (Penny Morell). When she spurns his offer of marriage he attempts to commit suicide, but he proves to be inept at that as well. Finally settling on jumping off of "Lover's Leap" as a sure fire way to die, he is saved at the last minute by a Naval Officer who seduces him with talk of life as a sailor, where the girls are plenty and life is totally great. Buying into it Norman enrols, but he quickly finds that it's a tough life, that he is hopeless as a sailor and that the commander wants to fly him off into outer space!.

The Bulldog Breed comes at a time when Wisdom was most prolific on the big screen, in a 17 year period from 1953 to 1969 Wisdom was the lead star in 15 movies. While during this time he was lending support to a number of ensemble and TV pictures too. It's inevitable that during a busy period such as this that the quality of entertainment will vary, this effort falls some where in the middle on the list of Wisdom's best movies. The formula remains the same as Wisdom plays plays a bumbling but lovable dope who creates carnage where ever he goes. The comedy set pieces are many, with a "man overboard" sequence of events the particular highlight. While it also serves as an interesting snap shot of the times. Where The Bulldog Breed differs from many of Wisdom's most fondly thought of film's is with its darker tones of suicide and sexual suggestion (the latter beautifully brought to life by the sultry Liz Fraser). It's an odd mix of a film, and one that has proved to divide Wisdom purists.
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By frank franzese on 31 May 2013
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Not being disappointed at all very good in every way and I recommend to anyone who can wait to have a laugh
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By peter on 11 Oct 2010
dont laugh at me cos im a fool watching such slap stick. this is well acted comedy as well. with some scenes very silly but why are tears running down my face . i have watched the film more times than i remember. if your feeling depressed or heart broken like i have done, these films take you to a garden of comedy away from the worries of life. i have every film he made barring i think the sandwich man which i think he did not do much in. i love the locations in the wisdom films too. i try and find out where they are. it classic england stuff. teignmouth was used in press for time. take a look at that film too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Norman vs. the British Navy ! 3 July 2009
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WHAM!USA has now released a number of Norman Wisdom comedies that were so popular in the 50s and 60s, starting with the hilarious "Trouble in Store". These films made Norman Wisdom--now Sir Norman--a comedy icon all over the globe. He was small in stature--5'2"--very athletic and acrobatic, and had a downtrodden, everyman, working class image, accompanied by ill-fitting clothes and a cloth cap. Some critics were not kind to his brand of slapstick comedy, but with legions of fans buying tickets to his movies and laughing at his antics, Sir Norman could safely ignore the snobbish "intellectuals" who derided his talent. You can be sure that the J. Arthur Rank Studios were happy with his success too !

Here we have "The Bulldog Breed" from 1960 where Sir Norman plays Norman Puckle, a poor young fellow who has just been rejected by the girl of his dreams. Clearly suicide is the only answer ! After various attempts to "end it all", Norman is rescued by a sailor who persuades him that there are many other beautiful women all over the world who are mad about men in uniform--especially a naval uniform. So young Puckle joins the Navy and--you guessed it--causes one riotous disaster after another. He is soon viewed with deep disapproval by the "brass". However, there is also the feeling that he might be the right man to send into space in the Navy's new experimental rocket. Perhaps they are hoping that the rocket might not return to Earth ? !

There are a number of funny scenes where Sir Norman does what he does best--innocently cause total mayhem ! He is ably supported by a solid British cast--Ian Hunter, David Lodge, Robert Urquhart, Edward Chapman( stalwart in several Wisdom comedies )and Eddie Byrne. Sexy Liz Fraser has a great scene where she tries to seduce our hero with the expected comical results. Finally there is an early scene with two unknown actors who don't even receive credit--Michael Caine and Oliver Reed. I wonder if Sir Michael remembers his brief encounter with Sir Norman ?

The DVD is black and white--full screen--decent quality--and includes the trailer. The price is a bit steep, but Sir Norman's fans will still be pleased to see his classic comedies released in North America.

As of this writing, Sir Norman is still with us--at 94 years young--and, I understand, still working ! What an amazing man ! Thank you Sir Norman for all the smiles and chuckles--this crazy world can never have enough of those priceless gifts !
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