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Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 27 July 1937 (USA)
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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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)  »

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O Misterioso Mr. Moto  »

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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 Mr. Moto photographs Gloria in Honolulu, she is looking directly into the camera, but when he shows the photograph to the police chief in Shanghai she is looking away from the camera at Bob who is obscuring half the photograph even though he was standing beside Mr. Moto, not in front him, and thus should not be in the photograph at all. See more »

Quotes

Kentaro Moto: Half the world spends its time laughing at the other half, and both are fools.
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Connections

Followed by Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) See more »

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The Shy Violet
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Peter Lorre Classic Film!
26 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series of Mr. Moto films were very low budget films and during the year 1937 the country was not in prosperity like it is today. Actors like Peter Lorre had to find work and therefore, we find him in pictures like Mr. Moto. Lorre was also starting out his career in America and this was a great opportunity for Peter Lorre to become a great character actor! Peter Lorre (Kentaro Moto), "The Beast With Five Fingers",'46, did a great job of performing a role like Charlie Chan and manged to keep you guessing just who the criminal really was. Virginia Field, (Gloria Danton),"The Earth Dies Screaming",'65 gave a great supporting role and appeared in quite a few of these Mr. Moto films. Sig Ruman, (Nicholas Marloff),"Doom of Dracula",'66, played a different role and did all he could to trick Mr. Moto. If you look real close, you will see J. Carrol Naish,(Adram,Shop Keeper), who adds some mystery to the plot. These Mr. Moto films were usually shown as a second feature at the local movie houses along with Newsreels and Cartoons which created a big Saturday night treat for the local families during 1937!


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