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Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)

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Seven maps, when found and put together, reveal the location of the treasures of Genghis Khan.

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Norman Foster

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Wyllis Cooper (screen play) (as Willis Cooper), Norman Foster (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Thomas Beck ... Tom Nelson
Pauline Frederick ... Madame Chung
Jayne Regan ... Eleanor Joyce
Sidney Blackmer ... Herr Koerger
Sig Ruman ... Colonel Tchernov (as Sig Rumann)
John Carradine ... Piereira
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Schneider (as William Von Brincken)
Nedda Harrigan ... Madame Tchernov
Philip Ahn ... Prince Chung
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Ivan
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Mr Moto competes with a gang of ruthless treasure-hunters for possession of seven scrolls which, when brought together, form a map which reveals the location of the tomb of Genghis Khan, reputed to contain fabulous treasure. Moto already has one scroll, but the rest are owned by Prince Chung and his mother, who consider it a sacred duty to their ancestors to protect the scrolls and the secret of the Khan's tomb. Written by Daniel Frankham <danielf@my-Deja.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | German | Chinese

Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le serment de M. Moto See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The McGuffin in John Marquand's original novel was stolen Chinese art treasures, but that was changed in the film adaptation to seven scrolls which, when combined, would lead to the location of Genghis Khan's hidden tomb and treasure. See more »

Quotes

Madame Tchernov: You'll never find out that way!
Schneider: Chinese are stubborn swine. You could kill them before they'll talk.
Herr Eric Koerger: I'll give you one more chance.
Prince Chung: No.
[Koerger got an idea]
Herr Eric Koerger: Untie his mother. Bring her in. Perhaps you'll change your mind.
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Connections

Follows Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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The Amur's Waves Walz
Music by Maks Kyuss
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"Please don't be alarmed. I'm only attempting to break into the safe."
4 March 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) is out to find ancient scrolls that, when put together, will create a map to the tomb of Genghis Khan. He must contend with nefarious Sidney Blackmer & co. Second in the Mr. Moto detective series is quite possibly the best. Nice cast that includes Sig Ruman and Thomas Beck, who were both in Think Fast, Mr. Moto. John Carradine plays a disreputable antiquities dealer. Sidney Blackmer was born with a permanent scowl on his face that made him an easy choice to play the villain in movies like this. Philip Ahn gives a sensitive, dignified performance as Prince Chung. He really steals the show from the more well-known supporting actors.

The interesting thing about Mr. Moto was that he was not above breaking the law or even killing. He even makes jokes about it. I'm not sure how they got away with this in a picture made after the Code was in full force. It's one of the (many) things that separates this series from Charlie Chan. But it's also one of the drawbacks as you never really feel any emotional connection to Moto as you do with Chan. Still, it's a fun series and this is probably the best of the lot.


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