"Bullshot Crummond" On Stage at FDUTeaneck, NJ (March 16, 2009) — Before Inspector Clouseau or Austin Powers, there was Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond. The comedy, “Bullshot Crummond,” is a parody of the low-budget 1930s detective movies and it is offered on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus on April 2-3 in a student production co-directed by Ellen Spaldo and James Rana.
The play’s action takes place in 1930’s England. An irreverent spoof, this comedy ambitiously stages wild thrills and spills traditionally reserved for the screen: plane crashes, car chases, icy mountain cliffhangers, and sword fights. The story follows the kidnapping of an eccentric professor and his synthetic diamond formula by evil German masterminds. To track down her missing father, the professor’s daughter engages the services of ace detective Hugh ‘Bullshot’ Crummond – unaware that he is a blundering idiot. Bullshot sets out to win the affections of this damsel-in-distress by rescuing her father, defeating his German archenemy and impressing everyone with his overblown mental and physical abilities.
“Bullshot Crummond” has enjoyed successful runs and rave reviews all around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London and Amsterdam. It was the first ever theater show presented as a Showtime Cable Special, and won numerous awards during its four-and-a-half-year run in San Francisco. Beatle George Harrison’s Handmade Films made a popular film version, and reruns on both British and American television are common.
Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 and Friday April 3. Tickets, at $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and children, are available at the door of the Russell Ratch Theater, University Hall, 994 Library Circle, Teaneck, NJ.