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Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

The U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Peter Milne (screenplay), John Reinhardt (based upon story ideas by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Jean Hersholt ... Sutter
Amanda Duff ... Joan Castle
Warren Hymer ... Twister McGurk
Richard Lane ... Commissioner Gordon
Leon Ames ... Commissioner Madero
Douglass Dumbrille ... La Costa (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Col. Thomas Castle
Paul Harvey ... Gov. John Bentley
Robert Lowery ... Lt. George Bentley
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Capt. Dahlen
Harry Woods ... Grant
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Storyline

Puerto Rico has become the back door by which a criminal syndicate smuggles inexpensive contraband diamonds from South America into the United States, dramatically driving down the price of legitimate gems. After they have ruthlessly murdered a special investigator, Moto is assigned to the case. While sailing to the island he impresses Twister McGurk, a slow-witted but amiable wrestler, with his martial arts abilities and gains a loyal friend and bodyguard. When an attempt on his life fails and another government official is murdered, Moto sends authorities a fake telegram identifying himself as a criminal named Shimura and making him and the Twister wanted fugitives. That ploy allows them to infiltrate the gang and expose the criminal mastermind behind it. Written by duke1029

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Taglines:

HUNTED BY THE POLICE!...STALKED BY A KILLER! (original ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Trinidad See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jon Tuska's "The Detective in Hollywood" Leon Ames claimed that Peter Lorre's teeth were in very bad shape, resulting in the star having very bad breath, See more »

Goofs

Keep an eye on the scenes involving Moto's second trip into the swamp in the latter half of the film. The lower half of Mr. Moto's pants are alternately muddy and clean in scenes that take place at the villains' camp. See more »

Quotes

Twister McGurk: [amazed by Moto's martial arts abilities] If you was a pro, I could never get to be world champion.
Kentaro Moto: You may depend on me retaining my amateur status.
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Follows Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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Diamonds get Rough
3 February 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I thought this was pretty good. It takes place in Puerto Rico where a gang of diamond smugglers are at work. On the way over, Moto meets a professional wrestler who tags along with him (perhaps we could call them a tag team). Once they arrive, the military man in charge is under scrutiny for allowing things to occur under his watch. As is usually the case in these types of films, there are all kinds of suspects. Peter Lorre is at his best in this one as he must play roles in order to keep everyone off their game. A question I've been pondering has to do with how many white suits Moto has. Once again, as I've said at other times, "How is it that the bad guys can fire a hundred shots and not hit any of the good guys?" There are plot problems like over the place as well. But still it's pretty entertaining as are most of these films.


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