Black Dragons

Black Dragons

Bela Lugosi
Director: William Nigh Cast: Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
, Joan Barclay
Joan Barclay
, Clayton Moore
Clayton Moore
William Nigh

DVD (Black & White)



Black Dragons bears the distinction of being the seediest of Bela Lugosi's 1940s Monogram vehicles, but this does not diminish its entertainment value one iota. After an elaborate opening scene at a Washington DC cocktail party where it is demonstrated that "loose lips sink ships" (the scene is filmed in one take, not out of artistic considerations but in order to save money), the plot proper gets under way, wherein a group of six men conspire to undermine America's war effort. What is the connection between these six men, all of them outwardly respectable members of Washingtonian society? Hero Don (Clayton Moore) and heroine Alice (Joan Barclay) suspect that the answer lies with the mysterious, wryly philosophical Dr. Melcher (Bela Lugosi), a world-famous plastic surgeon. It turns out that Melcher is part of an elaborate espionage scheme hatched by the dreaded Black Dragon Society of Japan. The film's central plot gimmick might strike some as being racist, so it's best to place this tacky little melodrama in the context of its times. Best Lugosi line: "Who knows, in this craaazy vorld?"

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2003
UPC: 0089218409799
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:09:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Dr. Melcher Colomb
Joan Barclay Alice Saunders
Clayton Moore Dick Martin
George Pembroke Dr. William Saunders
Robert W. Frazer Amos Hanlin
I. Stanford Jolley The Dragon
Max Hoffman Kerney
Irving Mitchell John Van Dyke
Kenneth Harlan Colton
Joseph Eggenton Stevens, the butler
Edward Peil Wallace
Robert Fiske Ryder
Bernard Gorcey The Cabby
Frank Melton Spy

Technical Credits
William Nigh Director
Jack Dietz Producer
Harvey Harris Gates Screenwriter
Glen Glenn Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Hammond Asst. Director
Sam Katzman Producer
Dave Milton Art Director
Carl Pierson Editor
Lange and Porter Score Composer
Art Reed Cinematographer
Edward W. Rote Production Manager
Barney A. Sarecky Associate Producer
Gerald J. Schnitzer Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [9:48]
2. Chapter 2 [14:00]
3. Chapter 3 [7:48]
4. Chapter 4 [9:28]
5. Chapter 5 [11:54]
6. Chapter 6 [8:40]

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