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Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

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On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai Mr. Moto solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers.

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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!


Certificate:

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: Are you hurt?
Kentaro Moto: No, thank you. Only a slight mishap.
Bob Hitchings: Gee, I thought sure we were gonna kill somebody.
Kentaro Moto: Mr. Moto is a very difficult fellow to kill.
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Soundtracks

The Shy Violet
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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There's More To Moto
16 September 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

The first of the Lorre Moto's is also the best, and from under the opening titles to the snappy ending you do have some fast thinking to do. The production values were high, the script intelligent and the acting ... fairly good, all adding up to a non-condescending film. Moto's effortless jujitsu was always a laugh, though.

On the other hand it is chock full of the usual racial, sexual and social stereotypes that bother lots of serious people nowadays. But for it not to be present would be like meat without fat: pretty tasteless and indigestible. All present-day Austrians might be outraged by Peter Lorre's casting as a Japanese, and a warning should be given before every screening. I should have been warned that the ship's English steward would be Battling Burrows' son (see "Broken Blossoms" 1919)!

Dapper Moto is going after an international gang of smugglers operating out of Shanghai, where he seems to be up against the whole population much the same as Chan was 2 years earlier. Sig Rumann plays an ugly customer but Thomas Beck and Virginia Field never looked more handsome and lovelier playing the romantic leads. I don't know how many Moto's and Chan's in total they appeared in, but I tend to look out for Beck in every one just in case!

TFMM fills just over an hour pleasantly, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to the 21st century.


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