How a British Bulldog Saved the Union Jack

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How a British Bulldog Saved the Union Jack

How a British Bulldog Saved the Union Jack.
Code Word, "ZULU"
A most exciting episode of the Zulu War, in which the heroism and pluck the British soldier stand out as usual. The Zulus are attacking a camp, a sentry shoots one. who begs for water just before dying. The sentinel goes to get it, and while his hack is turned, the traitorous Zulu shoots him. Then the hordes of Zulus rush round the camp, pull down the British flag am! decamp with it. They are pursued by a British officer, who discovers it first. After numerous exciting adventures the Englishman is captured against overwhelming odds, tied to a post, and put to the most degrading torture. The British flag is spat and insulted, and then the Chief of the kraal puts a light it. At that moment the bulldog (the pride of the regiment), who has followed his master, the brave officer, rushes at the flag and succeeds in putting out the flames, and saves the colours. The officer frees himself from his bonds and shoots the cowardly chief, and triumphantly rides back to the British camp with the flag safe and sound. Grand quality and superb dramatic interest is the unanimous opinion of ail who have seen this film. 575 fr. £14 7s.

The Era, Londres, samedi 15 septembre 1906, p. 36.


1 Walturdaw  
2 n.c.  
3 <08/09/1906 225 ft
4 Grande-Bretagne  


15/10/1906    The Optical Lantern and Kinematograph Journal,  How a British Bulldog Saved the Union Jack
Walturdaw Co.
How a British Bulldog Saved the Union Jack ...575 feet
A Trip to the Zoo ............................................  495   ""
In the first-named film this firm has hit upon a subject which is likely to go particularly well in the Colonies or in some country towns—anywhere, in fact, where what may be called the Imperial spirit is strong. It has a strong vein of patriotic feeling running through it, of the sort of which audiences are particularly fond. A sentry, stationed by a flagstaff from which the Union Jack floats, is killed by a party of Zulus (who, by the way, are genuine natives). The murderers are pursued by one of his comrades on a white horse , and accompanied by a bulldog. There are exciting scenes of fighting, but eventually , the soldier is captured, dragged to the kraal, and lashed to a stake in the midst of burning faggots. The Zulu chief starts to burn the Union Jack before his eyes, but just then the bulldog appears on the scene, tears it from his hand, and put out the flames with his feet. The soldier gets free, obtains his gun and shoots the chief, and then sets fire to his kraal. He then waves the Jack triumphantly through the air for a few minutes, and the film concludes with a tableau of the soldier and his dog seated on the Union Jack. The second subject on the list is:certain to go well. In places out of London, where one of the ambitions of the children is to see the Zoo, it should be the rage. It gives good views of nearly all the inmates. The views of the lion and tiger houses are positively exciting, the noise of the camera having enraged the animals, who dash at the bars and knash their teeth in fury. A glimpse of the bear at the top of his pole, -catching buns thrown to him, is given, and one of the best scenes is that showing the giraffes in their enclosure. A curious fact of natural history is brought out here. The animals are seen bending to take some food off the floor. To do this, they have to stand with the fore legs wide apart. A very comical effect is gained by one of the animals posturing in this way in front of the camera.
The Optical Lantern and Kinematograph Journal, lundi 15 octobre 1906, p. 225 et 227.