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Mask of the Dragon (1951)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  10 March 1951 (USA)
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Lt. Dan Oliver, an American soldier in Korea, agrees to deliver a jade dragon statuette to a curio shop in Los Angeles. Soon after his arrival, he is murdered. Phil Ramsey and Ginny ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Travis ...
Phil Ramsey
Sheila Ryan ...
Ginny O'Donnell
Manchu Murphy
Michael Whalen ...
Maj. Clinton
Police Lt. Ralph McLaughlin
Dee Tatum ...
Terry Newell
Richard Emory ...
Army Lt. Daniel Oliver
Jack Reitzen ...
Prof. Kim Ho
Charles Iwamoto ...
Simo (as Mr. Moto)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Kingpin (as Karl Davis)
TV Show Host Johnny Grant (as John Grant)
Curt Barrett and the Trailsmen ...
Western Band
Curt Barrett ...
Band Leader


Lt. Dan Oliver, an American soldier in Korea, agrees to deliver a jade dragon statuette to a curio shop in Los Angeles. Soon after his arrival, he is murdered. Phil Ramsey and Ginny O'Donnell trace the murder to the shop of Professor Kim Ho. Ramsey receives a package mailed to him by Oliver from Honolulu that contains the jade dragon, and takes it to the curio shop to force a showdown with Kim Ho. He is attacked by Ho's hoods and is about to be killed when Ginny arrives with Police Lt. McLaughton and the police. Written by Les Adams <>

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A Manhunt that began in KOREA and Ended In CRIME!


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

10 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dragon of Death  »

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Re-titled and edited down to less than 30 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950s as part of a syndicated half-hour mystery show. See more »

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Buy your sausages from a better butcher
26 October 2008 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Director Sam Newfield and his producer brother ground out movie cheapies like sausages, all made with the smelly meat scraps you don't want to know about. The point was to squeeze production costs until the squealing almost stops and keep the factory busy with low-cost actors, writers and production crews. If costs could be kept low enough, then almost any ticket sold, no matter how few, would yield a penny or two of profit. The movies were booked strictly as cheap filler. They are classic examples of how it is always possible to produce things of lower quality than you'd think possible.

The Mask of the Dragon has to do with a jade dragon from Korea, an investigation into a murder, the discovery of a smuggling ring and the deadly secret behind the dragon. The bizarre, abysmal quality of the movie is vividly evident by the occasional background music...generic thrills played on, wait for it, an organ. Newfield adds a couple of cowboy songs for good measure.

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