Black Dragons
BLACK DRAGONS. 1942

Director: William Nigh

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



Bela Lugosi is Monsieur Cologne, a nazi plastic surgeon who went to Japan to turn a half-dozen Japanese guys into white guys so they could penetrate the higher echelons of American government & industry. Because the Japanese betrayed him, Monsieur Cologne is out for vengeance against the six deep agents in America, those who constitute the Order of Black Dragons.

Wartime racism of the Yellow Peril type does not make for a very exciting spy film. The story is too silly to be at any point believable, as we're asked to believe facial surgery is enough to change skin color, body type, vocal inflections & accents, for the manufacturer of perfect doubles whom even closest relatives could not detect.

A trite "horror" vengeance is tacked on to the very end of the film, to make up for the fact that there was never any valid spying going on. Lugosi's talents are completely wasted.

copyright by Paghat the Ratgirl



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