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Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 April 1939 (USA)
The U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered.

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Puerto Rico has become the back door by which a criminal syndicate smuggles inexpensive contraband diamonds from South America into the United States, dramatically driving down the price of legitimate gems. After they have ruthlessly murdered a special investigator, Moto is assigned to the case. While sailing to the island he impresses Twister McGurk, a slow-witted but amiable wrestler, with his martial arts abilities and gains a loyal friend and bodyguard. When an attempt on his life fails and another government official is murdered, Moto sends authorities a fake telegram identifying himself as a criminal named Shimura and making him and the Twister wanted fugitives. That ploy allows them to infiltrate the gang and expose the criminal mastermind behind it. Written by duke1029

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In a far corner of the earth...where life is cheap...Moto meets his strangest crime adventure! (original lobby card) See more »


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7 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in Trinidad  »

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According to Jon Tuska's "The Detective in Hollywood" Leon Ames claimed that Peter Lorre's teeth were in very bad shape, resulting in the star having very bad breath, See more »

Goofs

At 28.35 a valet enters Moto and McGurk's room asking if McGurk wants his bath run. He replies he had just had a shower. Moto says he can run his bath. Seconds later the valet is killed when he touches the tub which has been wired to electrocute anyone who touches the pipes. See more »

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Kentaro Moto: [noticing the intercom is switched on] Is this a private conversation or are we broadcasting?
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Version of Murder in Trinidad (1934) See more »

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Bewilderin'!
10 May 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Moto #7/8 finds us in "Porto Rico" with a great print, some nice sets and atmospheric photography and a sterling cast giving the flimsy plot all they had.

Moto played as ever by Peter Lorre is called in by the Government in cahoots with the Governor to root out an international gang of diamond smugglers, discovers straight away that one the Governor's confidantes must be one of the baddies, if not the top dirty dog. Just picture the high profile suspects: Leon Ames, Douglas Dumbrille, Richard Lane, Jean Hersholt, Charles Brown or even Robert Lowery, all shifty and at each others throats from the word go but which one is guilty? At least Moto's sidekick wrestler Warren Hymer has no doubts, even if he is paradoxically also continually bewildered. Mention ghosts and Willie Best makes an appearance! The dialogue was surprisingly witty, the production values high - from the delightful evening party to the beads of sweat on various foreheads. The running gag was supplied by McGurk's unstinting admiration for Moto always besting him at judo - he sure took some beating and shooting at in here!

Great non-heavy entertainment as usual, an excellent entry in the series.


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