Detective James Lee Wong is on the scene as archaeologist Dr. John Benton, recently returned from an expedition in China where a valuable ancient scroll was recovered, is murdered while giving a lecture on the expedition.
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>
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 »
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 »
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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