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The Return of Mr. Moto (1965)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 October 1965 (UK)
Mr. Moto goes undercover to find out who has been blowing up oil wells and trying to gain total control of all the oil leases from a petroleum-rich Middle Eastern country.

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Jonathan Westering
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Wasir Hussein, the Shahrdar's Assistant
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Helmuth 'Dargo' Engel
Brian Coburn ...
Magda--Hussein's Henchman
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Peter Zander ...
Charles Ginelli
Harold Kasket ...
Shahrdar of Wadi
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Hovath
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Henry Gilbert ...
David Lennox
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Chief Inspector Marlow
Denis Holmes ...
Chapel the fake Halliday (as Dennis Holmes)
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Rogers--Westering's Butler
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Storyline

Sinister forces are behind the blowing up of wells in an attempt to gain control of key oil fields. Moto is assigned by British-based Beta Oil Corporation and the Foreign Office to discover who is conspiring to control the oil leases of the petroleum-rich emirate of Wadi Shammar. After an attempt on his life fails, Moto goes undercover disguised as a Japanese businessman discovers a plot against the life of the Shahrdar of Wadi Shammar. Moto is aided in his efforts by beautiful Beta Oil secretary Maxine Powell and Police Inspector Jim Halliday. Written by duke1029

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The Most Famous Secret Agent Of All Is Back In A New Adventure!


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Approved

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18 October 1965 (UK)  »

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El retorno de Mr. Moto  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Last full length feature of Ian Fleming. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Moto: [after being mistakenly thrown by Halliday] Maxine, did he hurt you?
Maxine Powell, Lennox's Secretary: [lying with her skirt pulled up on the couch] I don't think so, but my dignity's in awful shape!
Inspector Jim Halliday: [obviously liking what he sees] It looks fine from here.
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No classic but lots of fun; you be the judge!
16 August 2008 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

I'm not one of the reviewers who apparently lined up to bash this movie; I think that 20th Century-Fox guaranteed it a hostile reception by inviting comparison with the fondly-remembered Peter Lorre series of thirty years before. On its own it's a efficiently-produced crime thriller that moves along briskly and offers some genuine surprises and suspense to open-minded viewers. It's been suggested by some (including Henry Silva himself, in the DVD's audio commentary) that Silva is physically unsuited to play an oriental, but the same could be said of the Hungarian Peter Lorre in the earlier series, or the Swedish Warner Oland who became the definitive Charlie Chan. And it's worth mentioning that Henry Silva has convincingly played characters of various nationality over the years.

A beautiful letterboxed transfer of this film can be found as an extra on the final disc of the Peter Lorre/Moto DVD series; I found it well worth seeing for its entertainment value as well as Henry Silva's fascinating audio commentary.


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