Five Golden Dragons

Five Golden Dragons is a 1967 British-German international co-production comedy action film set in Hong Kong and photographed in Techniscope on location in September 1966[1] at the Tiger Balm Pagoda and Shaw Brothers studios.[2] It was directed by Jeremy Summers and starred Bob Cummings in his final feature film,[3][4] Margaret Lee who sings two songs in the film,[5] Rupert Davies and a cast of "guest stars".[6] The film was produced and written by Harry Alan Towers and features his wife Maria Rohm as the leading lady. The film features a minor connection to Edgar Wallace's short stories by using his Commissioner Sanders as an officer in the Royal Hong Kong Police with Towers using Wallace's name to attract funds from international film investors.[7]

Five Golden Dragons
1967 theatrical poster
Directed byJeremy Summers
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
Screenplay byPeter Welbeck
StarringBob Cummings
Margaret Lee
Rupert Davies
Music byComposed and conducted by Malcolm Lockyer
CinematographyJohn Von Kotze
(lighting cameraman)
Edited byDonald J. Cohen
Production
company
Blansfilm
Sargon
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated
Constantin Film
Release date
  • 4 August 1967 (1967-08-04)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
West Germany
Liechtenstein
LanguageEnglish
German

Plot

The Five Golden Dragons are an international criminal gold trafficking secret society syndicate based in Hong Kong. They plan to break up after selling their criminal enterprise to the Mafia for US$50 million. However the members of the group fear the greed of each other in receiving their share of the profits. An American playboy and a two sisters become involved in the action.

Cast

Production notes

The film was one of three Harry Alan Towers made at the Hong Kong studios of Run Run Shaw the others being The Vengeance of Fu Manchu and The Million Eyes of Sumuru.[11] In September 1966 Don Sharp was going to direct.[12] The film originally planned to feature George Sanders and Basil Rathbone as two of the Dragons.[13]

Cummings met his fourth wife Regina Fong who was a script girl on the film.[14]

See also

References

  1. p. 165 Johnson, Tom & Miller, Mark A. The Christopher Lee Filmography: All Theatrical Releases, 1948-2003 McFarland, 27 April 2004
  2. "Movies Under the Stars / Skyline Drive-In Theatres / Tonight at 7.30" (The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 November 1968, page 20)
  3. Anderson, Nancy / Copley News Service. "Yesterday's Stars Today / Know What You Want: Cummings" (Lodi News-Sentinel, 22 November 1972, page 10)
  4. Oliver, Myrna / Los Angeles Times. "'Love That Bob' Cummings Dies at 80 in California" (The Daily {Schenectady} Gazette, 4 December 1990, page A5)
  5. "Interview with Margaret Lee". 20 July 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. "Movies This Week" (Sunday {Ocala} Star-Banner, 22 February 1970, page 17C)
  7. p.108 Edwards, Matthew Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema: Critical Essays and Fellow Filmmaker Interviews McFarland, 22 July 2016
  8. AP. "Deaths / Dan Duryea Dies at 61" (Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 8 June 1968, page 2)
  9. Wilson, Earl. "It Happened Last Night / George Raft Unlimbers Dancing Legs" (The {Sarasota} Herald-Tribune, 22 August 1966, page 24)
  10. Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 178
  11. Man the plane makers hate: MAMMON The Observer 10 December 1967: 10
  12. MOVIE CALL SHEET: Miss Howes Set for 'Flight' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times 16 September 1966: c17.
  13. p. 165 Johnson & Miller
  14. Lertzman, Richard A. & Birnes, William J. Dr. Feelgood: The Shocking Story of the Doctor Who May Have Changed History by Treating and Drugging JFK, Marilyn, Elvis, and Other Prominent Figures Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 13 December 2013
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