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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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Mary Maguire ...
Ann Richman
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Anton Darvak
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David Scott-Frensham
Harold Huber ...
Ernst Litmar
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Paul Brissac
Forrester Harvey ...
George Higgins
Frederick Vogeding ...
Gottfried Brujo (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Lester Matthews ...
Sir Charles Murchison
John Rogers ...
Sniffy
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Lotus Liu (as Karen Sorrell)
Mitchell Lewis ...
Nola
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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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Follows Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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A Man of Action
1 September 2007 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

This series was a competitor to the more long-running Charlie Chan stories. The differences are striking.

Chan seems to never know what is going on until the end, when he has sussed out an amazingly complex set of circumstances. Our job during the movie is simply to collect facts that will only mean something when the final story is told. During this task we are given a few jokes. Chan's job is precisely the same as ours and we are always with him when he discovers something. He's just smarter, the product of a more clever race.

Moto knows ahead of time much of what's going on. The stories aren't detective stories; they're adventure stories. Moto isn't a passive, simple observer on the viewer's side of the stage, but a participant, an actor who plays a role in disguise. He fights. He thwarts the bad guys. In his normal persona, he's much more poised, more genteel. More schooled. Its the superiority of the man, not the race.

These each are sides of Sherlock Holmes in the two variants of stories. Interesting to see how they were bifurcated during this period. They'd stay separated until now, each developing into its own genre.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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