Five Golden Dragons

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Five Golden Dragons
Five Golden Dragons 1967 Poster.jpg
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 Limited
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
  • 4 August 1967 (1967-08-04)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
West Germany
Liechtenstein
LanguageEnglish

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]

Plot[edit]

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.

Production notes[edit]

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.[8] In September 1966 Don Sharp was going to direct.[9] The film originally planned to feature George Sanders and Basil Rathbone as two of the Dragons.[10]

Cummings met his fourth wife Regina Fong who was a script girl on the film.[11]

Cast[edit]

and guest stars in alphabetical order

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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