The Deputy Drummer

The Deputy Drummer is a 1935 British musical film directed by Lupino Lane and starring Lane, Jean Denis and Kathleen Kelly.[1]

The Deputy Drummer
Directed byLupino Lane
Produced byIan Sutherland
Written byStanley Brightman
Peter Cheyney
Reginald Long
Frank Miller
Arthur Rigby
Based onthe musical Darling, I Love You by Stanley Brightman & Arthur Rigby
StarringLupino Lane
Jean Denis
Kathleen Kelly
Syd Crossley
Music byHarold Brewer
Billy Mayerl (songs and lyrics)
Frank Eyton (songs and lyrics)
CinematographyAlex Bryce
Edited bySam Simmonds
St. George's Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
September 1935
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was based on a stage musical.[2] It was shot at Wembley Studios as a quota quickie for release by the American company Columbia Pictures.[3] The film's sets were designed by the art director Andrew Mazzei.[4]


Drummer and aspiring composer Adolphus Miggs is fired by his exasperated bandleader. A talent agent secures him a job as a drummer at a society party, unaware that his former band have also been hired. To add to the confusion he masquerades as an aristocrat of the same name. Fortunately in the process he manages to foil some jewel thieves.


In summing up the film, the magazine Picturegoer concluded that "Lupino Lane's dances are its only asset".[5]




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  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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