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Irving J Moore directs this episode which features a plot that twists
more than some episodes of this series. This one is a much more mature
plot than some episodes as it involves China, a Princess, and an opium
It gets off to a rousing start when Arte is posing as a Chinese trying to infiltrate into one of the organizations. West is watching and when the gang exposes a Gatling gun to kill Arte & all the legitimate ones in the group, he saves Arte from a painful death.
There are several traps set in this episode. At different points both Arte & Jim are shot by Chinese blowguns. The princess turns out to be more interested in West than in being a Princess. It turns out the evil guy is a British Military guy named Smyth.
After West finally takes care of Smyth there is a little humor about Chinese food thrown in at the end. Over all this one is more mature than some episodes. Guest cast while not famous folks are good including one guy who tries to be Wests shadow after West saves his life. No one can keep up with Honorable West.
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There is more than a whiff of 1940's spy melodrama about Kevin De
Courcey's 'The Night The Dragon Screamed'. It opens with Arte,
disguised as a coolie, standing in line with others. One by one, they
show off their Tong tattoos. Luckily, Arte thought to have one put on
his arm. But there is a spy in their midst and, rather than try to find
out who he is, the gang wipes them out with a Gatling gun. With Jim's
help, Arte escapes.
Two warring Opium gangs are at work in the U.S.A. The one Arte infiltrated was the Order of the Crimson Dragon. Receiving a message in a fortune cookie, Jim heads for the House of Delights ( guess what sort of house it is ) where he is almost killed by a Tong hatchet man. After a chase, Jim is cornered - a moving wall pushes him towards a pit of spikes. Luckily, he has come prepared, carrying a tricked-up cane. The hatchet man is from the Sons of Stalking Tiger. Its leader - 'Wang Chung' ( Richard Lo ) - tells Jim that a disgraced British army officer by the name of 'Clive Allenby-Smythe' ( Ben Wright ) is planning to put a puppet Princess of the Hunan throne and thus control a fair chunk of China...
Modern audiences will probably balk at the racial stereotyping of this episode, not to mention the sight of Arte made up as a Chinaman, but if one can overlook these factors, it is a most enjoyable story, and benefits from being in monochrome. The beautiful Pilar Seurat is 'Princess Ching Ling', who fancies Jim like mad, while the action highlight is the sight of Jim surrounded by Tongs and taking them out in rapid succession as only the amazing Mr.West can.
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