Blumburtt's inspection tour to the palace was unexpected by prime minister Chattar Lal, who was forced to invite him to the Guardian of Tradition dinner. At dinner, Blumburtt and other recent arrival Indiana Jones began discussing the potential of a Thuggee resurgence, a topic quashed by their host, Zalim Singh.
The next day, Blumburtt and his forces came to the rescue of Indiana Jones, Willie Scott, and Short Round as they fell under attack by Mola Ram's Thuggee archers, after they escaped from the Temple of Doom, having been summoned by Singh for help.
Behind the scenesEdit
Phillip James Blumburtt was played by the late Philip Stone in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. David Niven was originally attached to play the role of Captain Blumburtt, but passed away some weeks before filming began, allowing Stone to be cast in the role.
During the development of the film's script, written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, there was a scene in which Willie Scott would try to tell Blumburtt and Chattar Lal that the secret tunnel in her room leads to the Thuggee temple. However, Lal and later Indiana Jones, under the influence of the Black Sleep of the Kali Ma, dismiss her claims and Blumburtt leaves the palace with his men. Harrison Ford herniated a disc in his back which rendered him unavailable to shoot it. With the production schedule altered as a result, director Steven Spielberg opted to drop the scene altogether. The scene was retained in James Kahn's novelization, storybook and comic adaptations.
In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures the Eleventh Poona Rifles never save Jones and his friends. Instead, all of the Thuggee guards are devoured by the crocodiles. However, the characters "British Captain" and "British Commander" bear Blumburtt's likeness. In the sequel, all the Thuggees are killed by the Eleventh Poona Rifles at the Temple of Doom after Kali Ma's statue breaks out, as only Mola Ram is faced by Indiana Jones and Short Round during the bridge scene (which takes place in a cliff, instead).
In Howard the Duck, a George Lucas production released two years after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and three before Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Tim Robbins plays a character named "Phil Blumburtt".
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom novel
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom comic
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Storybook
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Non-canonical appearance) (As "British Captain")
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: The Illustrated Screenplay
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Sourcebook
- Top Trumps: Indiana Jones
- Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- ↑ Top Trumps: Indiana Jones
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
- ↑ Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom novel
- ↑ Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Storybook
- ↑ Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom comic
- ↑ Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Read-Along Adventure
- ↑ LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
- ↑ LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
- ↑ Howard the Duck