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Black Dragons (1942)

Approved | | Thriller , War | 6 March 1942 (USA)
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 »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Harvey Gates (original story), Harvey Gates (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Melcher aka Monsieur Colomb / Cell Prisoner
Joan Barclay ... Alice Saunders
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Dr. Bill Saunders
Clayton Moore ... Dick Martin
Robert Frazer ... Amos Hanlin
Edward Peil Sr. ... Ryder (as Edward Piel Sr.)
Robert Fiske ... Phillip Wallace
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... John Van Dyke
Kenneth Harlan ... FBI Chief Colton
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Kearney
Frank Melton ... FBI Agent
Joseph Eggenton Joseph Eggenton ... Stevens
I. Stanford Jolley ... The Dragon (as Stanford Jolley)
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Storyline

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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See him pit his terror against Japan's treacherous agents in the U.S.A.! See more »

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Thriller | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yellow Menace See more »

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Production Co:

Banner Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In Stuart Kaminsky's 1980 detective novel "Never Cross a Vampire" fictional shamus Toby Peters is hired by Bela Lugosi to investigate a series of death threats while the actor is working at Monogram on this film. See more »

Quotes

Alice Saunders: You sound like a man of destiny.
Monsieur Colomb: One must not flirt with one's destiny.
Alice Saunders: But the world in the condition it is today, aren't we all flirting with destiny?
Monsieur Colomb: I suppose I finish my book upstairs.
Alice Saunders: Oh no, please, I didn't mean to disturb you. Excuse me.
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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Black Dragons (2016) See more »

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More Monogram tripe with some hilariously daft plot twists
18 May 2003 | by 35541mSee all my reviews

This piece of tacky WW2 propaganda has Bela Lugosi kill off various fith columnists and leave their corpses outside the Japanese embassy in Washington (with a prominently placed "Closed" sign on its door). Most of the film has Bela darting in and out of various "hidden" rooms in his main foe's rather small house and sneaking up on people from behind them. For example, everyone enters the cellar by going round the side of the house and through some front doors above the cellar; Bela, however, appears to get in via some inside door (so he doesn't have to leave the house). In a scene near the end he drags one of his victims through a previously unseen curtain in the living room and into some huge, medieval-type room with a long table that had previously not featured in the house at all and had somehow been missed by the large contingent of FBI men. Another scene has him sneak into a small room below the stairs, as hero and heroine ascent the stairs, so he can somehow get into the upstairs room of his Doctor victim before the others. These momentary pleasures, though, are outweighed by the ludicrous climatic flashback plot revelation in which it is revealed that Lugosi is a Nazi plastic surgeon who has transformed Japanese agents into these American-looking fifth columnists. The daftest moment, in a thoroughly daft film, comes when Lugosi is double-crossed by the fiendish Orientals and thrown into a cell into which, conveniently, is another prisoner who looks exactly like him (but sans beard) and is about to be released. The Great Man gives a chuckle and takes out his beard-trimming kit (that the Japanese have helpfully left him with). Welcome to Monogram; a Universe all of its own. See also The Ape Man and The Corpse Vanished for more of the same.


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