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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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Trivia

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: [to Twister] You can obtain the confidence of criminals when one is branded a criminal.
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Follows Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939) See more »

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you gotta love Peter Lorre
13 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter Lorre stars as Japanese investigator Mr. Moto in "Mr. Moto in Danger Island," a 1939 release also starring Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Walter Hymer, Douglas Dumbrille, and Leon Ames. Originally written as a Charlie Chan script, Moto is asked to investigate the smuggling of inexpensive contraband diamonds from South America via Puerto Rico and into the U.S. that are driving down diamond prices. One investigator has already been murdered, so it's time to send in the big guns - Moto.

A professional wrestler named Twister McGurk (Hymer), whom Moto meets en route to Puerto Rico, attaches himself to the diminutive detective, which brings some comic relief.

Entertaining with a nice tropical atmosphere despite being made on a back lot, and it's always a joy to see Peter Lorre. Unfortunately for Mr. Moto, World War II ended his run.


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