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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.

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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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O Misterioso Mr. Moto  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

First of Fox's eight film series that starred Peter Lorre, followed by Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938). See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Moto photographs Gloria in Honolulu, she is looking directly into the camera, but when he shows the photograph to the police chief in Shanghai she is looking away from the camera at Bob who is obscuring half the photograph even though he was standing beside Mr. Moto, not in front him, and thus should not be in the photograph at all. 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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Referenced in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) 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 See 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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