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Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  27 July 1937 (USA)
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On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai Mr. Moto solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers. First of the series.

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Virginia Field ...
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Bob Hitchings
Sig Ruman ...
Nicolas Marloff (as Sig Rumann)
Murray Kinnell ...
Joseph Wilkie
John Rogers ...
Carson
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Lela Liu
George Cooper ...
Muggs Blake
J. Carrol Naish ...
Adram
Frederick Vogeding ...
Curio Dealer (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Storyline

Mr Moto encounters mysterious goings-on on a ship bound for Shanghai. He recognises his steward as the murderer of a man in San Francisco, and catches him trying to steal an important letter from the stateroom of another passenger, Robert Hitchings. Hitchings, son of the owner of the shipping line, falls in love with Gloria, who refuses to tell him anything about her life and disappears when they arrive in Shanghai. In Shanghai, Mr Moto uncovers the secret which links the murder in San Francisco, the mysterious letter, and Gloria. Written by Daniel Frankham <danielf@my-Deja.com>

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Meet.... MR. MOTO the foxiest detective of them all!


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27 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Misterioso Mr. Moto  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie version is greatly changed from the original novel: in the novel, the criminals were using the ship to bring gambling assets to Japan, and Mr. Moto was a Japanese agent assigned to stop them from doing so. See more »

Goofs

When Gloria is skeet shooting at the edge of the boat, she cocks the shotgun and the spent shell is seen flying through the air over the side of the boat into what should be the water down below. Instead of hearing a splash, the shell is heard bouncing on what sounds like concrete (stage). See more »

Quotes

Bob Hitchings: Now I know who you are! You're the Japanese Sandman.
Kentaro Moto: [shakes head] Strange people, these Americans.
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Connections

Referenced in The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968) See more »

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The Shy Violet
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Yeah these were pretty good for what they were..
1 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Decent lower budget flix with suspense, good plotting, fine character work, action, etc. You much more offensive ethnic stereotyping in yer average westerns of the 30s-60s than in any of the Moto flix, especially in the 60s westerns ala Bonanza or Gunsmoke or Dakota or the Big Valley. Lorre seemed to be trying for a respectful, well rounded portrayal here, and I think he succeeded.

About 10 years ago channel 38 in Boston carried these, and I never missed a one. Very enjoyable. If you get a chance to see'em, do so. It's worth yer time.

*** outta **** of course.


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