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Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 27 July 1937 (USA)
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On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai Mr. Moto solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Howard Ellis Smith (screen play), Norman Foster (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Virginia Field ... Gloria Danton
Thomas Beck ... Bob Hitchings
Sig Ruman ... Nicolas Marloff (as Sig Rumann)
Murray Kinnell ... Joseph Wilkie
John Rogers John Rogers ... Carson
Lotus Long ... Lela Liu
George Cooper ... Muggs Blake
J. Carrol Naish ... Adram
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Curio Dealer (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Storyline

Mr Moto encounters mysterious goings-on on a ship bound for Shanghai. He recognises his steward as the murderer of a man in San Francisco, and catches him trying to steal an important letter from the stateroom of another passenger, Robert Hitchings. Hitchings, son of the owner of the shipping line, falls in love with Gloria, who refuses to tell him anything about her life and disappears when they arrive in Shanghai. In Shanghai, Mr Moto uncovers the secret which links the murder in San Francisco, the mysterious letter, and Gloria. Written by Daniel Frankham <danielf@my-Deja.com>

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Meet.... MR. MOTO the foxiest detective of them all!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Misterioso Mr. Moto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lorre was not happy when Fox assigned him to the Moto films, but as he had just had been released from a rehab facility for his addiction to morphine, he was in no position to argue and accepted the role. See more »

Goofs

That is an obvious stuntman demonstrating Mr. Moto's jujutsu in Bob's cabin. See more »

Quotes

Bob Hitchings: Now I know who you are! You're the Japanese Sandman.
Kentaro Moto: [shakes head] Strange people, these Americans.
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Connections

Followed by Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Shy Violet
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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A Strong Start
12 July 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai, Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers. First of the series.

Director Norman Foster was given this B-movie assignment, but it is probably better remembered today than many of the A pictures that came out at the time. With Peter Lorre, a strong (if under-appreciated) actor taking the lead, this was guaranteed to be something special.

Say what you will about the racism, sexism, or anything else of this nature. Such things have to be overlooked sometimes, and this is one of those times. The film is just too clever to be faulted.


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