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Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 24 December 1937 (USA)
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Seven maps, when found and put together, reveal the location of the treasures of Genghis Khan.

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Complete credited cast:
... Mr. Moto
... Tom Nelson
... Madame Chung
... Eleanor Joyce
... Herr Koerger
... Colonel Tchernov (as Sig Rumann)
... Piereira
... Schneider (as William Von Brincken)
... Madame Tchernov
... Prince Chung
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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Le serment de M. Moto  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Third MOTO to be produced, but the second to be released. Generally considered to be the best of all 8 entries. 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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Followed by Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) See more »

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The Amur's Waves Walz
Music by Maks Kyuss
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Mr. Moto must track down a complete set of ancient Chinese Scrolls to solve multiple murders.
10 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Exemplary Mr Moto entry is the darkest in the series and boasts a compelling emotional undertow that's as effective as it is unexpected. For once, the lame comic relief is expunged (studio execs, no doubt, forced its quick return) which allows Peter Lorre's wonderful characterization an extra bit of space to work in while following the procedural detective tropes and handling Moto's apt witticisms. (That's Lorre's stunt double handling the physical stuff.) The basic story involving some antique Chinese scrolls that make up a sort of treasure map was (atypically) based on a novel by Moto creator John P. Marquand and this may add to the tough, blunt tone hiding just below the surface. All the Moto films entertain, but this one sticks with you.


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