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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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Complete credited cast:
Amanda Duff ...
Joan Castle
Twister McGurk
Richard Lane ...
Commissioner Madero
La Costa (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Charles D. Brown ...
Col. Thomas Castle
Gov. John Bentley
Lt. George Bentley
Eddie Marr ...
Capt. Dahlen


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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With both law and lawlessness against him Moto pits his oriental cunning against a fiendish killer...in his strangest crime adventure! (original ad) See more »


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Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Trinidad  »

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


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 »


Twister McGurk: [in awe of judo techniques] Hey, I've seen everything, but a little shrimp like you throwing The Sailor gets me!
Kentaro Moto: What I've used is simple, but it has served me well on many occasions.
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"Gee, you know...it's stupefying!"
12 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) investigates diamond smuggling in Puerto Rico with comic relief sidekick Twister McGuirk (Warren Hymer). Pretty good entry in the Moto series. The second-to-last, sadly. Lorre's flawlessly fun, as usual. A lot of people don't seem to like the addition of a sidekick for Moto and I sympathize with that. However, it's really not that bad if you like Hymer's shtick, which I do. If you judge it on its own and not by comparison to the best of the series, I think you'll like it. Exceptional supporting cast features Jean Hersholt, Leon Ames, Richard Lane, Douglas Dumbrille, Robert Lowery, and Paul Harvey. Amanda Duff fulfills the movie's quota for pretty. Ward Bond appears in the opening scene as a wrestler who gets tossed around by Mr. Moto. Also, watch how they drive those big old cars around those tight street sets. I kept expecting someone to clip a building!

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