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Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938)

Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers.

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Norman Foster

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Philip MacDonald (original screenplay), Norman Foster (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Mary Maguire ... Ann Richman
Henry Wilcoxon ... Anton Darvak
Erik Rhodes ... David Scott-Frensham
Harold Huber ... Ernst Litmar
Leon Ames ... Paul Brissac
Forrester Harvey ... George Higgins
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Gottfried Brujo (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Lester Matthews ... Sir Charles Murchison
John Rogers John Rogers ... Sniffy
Lotus Long ... Lotus Liu (as Karen Sorrell)
Mitchell Lewis ... Nola
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Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fuga de Mr. Moto See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The Japanese character, Mr. Moto, disguises himself as a German as part of the plot when in fact a Germanic (actually Austro-Hungarian) actor, Peter Lorre, is portraying a Japanese detective. See more »

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Peter Lorre is "Mr. Moto"
3 October 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Peter Lorre is "Mysterious Mr. Moto," a Japanese detective who seems to know everything that's going on. A very likable character, Moto, not surprisingly, stopped solving crimes after Pearl Harbor.

In this, the fifth entry into the series, Moto escapes Devil's Island with another man, Paul Brissac (Leon Ames), as Moto is on the trail of an assassination group, of which Brissac is a member. Moto wants the top man. Since Brissac trusts him, Moto becomes his houseboy and gets a look at the rest of the group. But not the leader. The group is threatening the life of a man, Anton Darvak (Henry Wilcoxon), who has a steel formula the group wants. Moto works to protect him.

The film has a very lively denouement, and Moto dons several disguises during the film. Peter Lorre is wonderful. Moto has it all over Chan, as it takes Chan time to figure things out. Moto seems to know it all pretty early on, and he's quite an active participant in whatever it takes to solve the crime.

It's impossible to believe, however, that a man one step up from the village idiot, Anton Darvak, has any type of a formula unless it's for adding 2 and 2. He's not worth protecting, that's for sure.

This is a short movie, and the main thing it's got going for it is Lorre. The plot isn't great. And as short as it is, some of it moves slowly. But what action there is, is very good.


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