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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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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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It's the picture that has the whole town shivering! See more »

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Thriller | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the 47:30 minute mark, a plane carrying Dick Martin is flying right to left across the screen, with a visible logo of "The Great Silver Fleet". At the 49:58 minute mark, the plane is now flying back to Washington, DC, and it is flying in the reverse direction, from left to right across the screen. The logo is indecipherable because it is actually the same shot seen earlier, just played back in reverse. All the letters are in mirror image. See more »

Quotes

Amos Hanlin: A busy man has very little time to engage in feminine emotions.
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Connections

Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

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A fun mess for 2 A.M.
4 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The plot of this movie concerns Bela Lugosi killing off rich powerful Americans. Why this is occurring isn't explained until the very end and even then it makes no sense. I have the feeling this was one type of thriller that they grafted a war angle on to when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Is this a good movie? Not in the conventional sense. Its a warm and fuzzy film with some murder and Bela and feels like the all night monster movie marathons that used to play on TV. I've seen this film several times now, usually late at night, and it some how comforts me. I don't know if its a childhood thing or what but its nice to know that somethings never change, like the (not quite) bad Bela movies of old.

Should you see it? Why not, it can't hurt. Its a movie that makes no sense and just sort of is. Just remember if you so watch it make sure you're tucked into bed and the lights are off...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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