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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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Trivia

This first in the series was based (loosely) on one of John P. Marquand's novels. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Nicolas Marloff: *Now* think fast, Mr. Moto!
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Featured in Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (2009) See more »

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The Shy Violet
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Yeah these were pretty good for what they were..
1 September 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

Decent lower budget flix with suspense, good plotting, fine character work, action, etc. You much more offensive ethnic stereotyping in yer average westerns of the 30s-60s than in any of the Moto flix, especially in the 60s westerns ala Bonanza or Gunsmoke or Dakota or the Big Valley. Lorre seemed to be trying for a respectful, well rounded portrayal here, and I think he succeeded.

About 10 years ago channel 38 in Boston carried these, and I never missed a one. Very enjoyable. If you get a chance to see'em, do so. It's worth yer time.

*** outta **** of course.


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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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