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Black Dragons (1942)

 -  Thriller | War  -  6 March 1942 (USA)
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A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Dr. Melcher / Monsieur Colomb
Joan Barclay ...
Alice Saunders
George Pembroke ...
Dr. Bill Saunders
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Dick Martin
Robert Frazer ...
Amos Hanlin
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Philip Wallace (as Edward Piel Sr.)
Robert Fiske ...
Ryder
Irving Mitchell ...
John Van Dyke
Kenneth Harlan ...
FBI Chief Colton
Max Hoffman Jr. ...
Kearney
Frank Melton ...
FBI Agent
Joseph Eggenton ...
Stevens
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The Dragon (as Stanford Jolley)
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A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick Martin is assigned to the case that everyone's true motives and identities are revealed. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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This is Bela Lugosi's only spy movie. At the time, he was addicted to morphine and suffering from very bad arthritis, and had to work to keep the money rolling in. See more »

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Amos Hanlin: A busy man has very little time to engage in feminine emotions.
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Surprisingly Entertaining
26 November 2007 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

None of the critics have much good to say about it, but BLACK DRAGONS is a much better-than-expected attempt at an entirely new genre: flag-waving horror.

Bela Lugosi is a mysterious man who mysteriously shows up at a renowned doctor's home, soon after which his guests start mysteriously being murdered. Could it be that they had something to hide? Could there be more to them than meets the eye? What initially fails to make much sense is creatively sorted out in a wonderfully fun B-movie manner.

BLACK DRAGONS was made during the Second World War and it shows, quite painfully at times. The use of the term "Japs" will catch some contemporary viewers off guard, but it's really not that bad when you put it into the proper context. The film is clumsily patriotic, and more silly fun than scary or thrilling. Lugosi is an absolute treat, covering up murders and turning on the "Who, me?" act with ease.

It's not a classic, but BLACK DRAGONS is a good, tidy black and white B-film with a certain watch-it-late-at-night appeal. Director William Nigh had a knack for turning poverty row pictures into something special. Some of his other efforts include DOOMED TO DIE and THE FATAL HOUR with another horror icon, Boris Karloff.


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