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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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Thriller | War

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6 March 1942 (USA)  »

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Yellow Menace  »

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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 »

Quotes

Monsieur Colomb: When a young woman's nerves commence to give way it is time she sought refuge in a strong man's arms.
Alice Saunders: I just ran into yours.
Monsieur Colomb: Mine might be dangerous.
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Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

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Bela Lugosi Meets The Lone Ranger!
28 November 2002 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Black Dragons" is a second feature WWII propaganda film popular at the time. It's not as bad as some would have you believe.

A secret meeting hosted by the respected Dr. William Saunders (George Pembroke)is interrupted by a mysterious stranger names Monsieur Colomb (Bela Lugosi). Shortly thereafter the participants at the meeting begin to turn up murdered, their bodies being placed on the steps of the Japanese embassy in Washington. Colomb is suspected. Federal Agent Dick Martin (Clayton Moore) is assigned to the case and meets Saunders niece Alice Saunders (Joan Barclay) who tries to assist him. The reasons behind Colomb's actions are not explained until the final reel. Until all is explained at the end, the story is hard to comprehend.

Lugosi who had by this time been reduced to appearing in a string of low budget quickies, is actually quite good in this one. He is not allowed to over act as much as he ususlly did and credit for this has to go to director William Nigh. Lugosi's character slinks through the shadows and is reminiscent of his Dracula even to the point of the full close ups of his piercing eyes.

Clayton Moore, a one dimensional actor at best, would become TV's Lone Ranger in a few years. Joan Barclay makes a good heroine.

Although a little dated now, "Black Dragons" is not a bad way to spend an hour.


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