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Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938)

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Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate (Ames) escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers.

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Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate (Ames) escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Peter Lorre gives you your greatest thrill


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14 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fuga de Mr. Moto  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The Japanese character, Mr. Moto, disguises himself as a German as part of the plot when in fact a Germanic (actually Austro-Hungarian) actor, Peter Lorre, is portraying a Japanese detective. See more »

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Followed by Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) See more »

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22 September 2002 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

A well-conceived story in the Moto series with Lorre escaping from Devil's Island with a British gangster and then parading as his houseboy/servant. Lorre never gets enough credit for his skill as an actor as he gives us two performances as a Japanese, one as Mr. Moto and one as the houseboy as played by Mr. Moto. Both portrayals are markedly different and his Ito performance does suggest a lot of racism that was going on at the time to the Japanese. Watch the film for the mystery involved, Lorre's great performance, and bear in mind the context of the times when the film was made. The scene with Lorre and some pub roughs is a gem as is the finale scene in an art museum. For all the press that goes out about the inherent racism in these films, few ever talk about the fact that Mr. Moto is a cultured, intelligent man who always bests his adversaries in whatever endeavor they partake of.


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