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Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 April 1939 (USA)
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 ... Governor John Bentley
Robert Lowery ... Lieut. George Bentley
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Captain 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 »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Moto in Puerto Rico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Mr. Moto and Twister obtain a mud sample from the swamp and place it on a canvas bag laid out on the deck of the boat. But when they have to pull away in a hurry under gunfire, the canvas is there, but the mud is gone. 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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you gotta love Peter Lorre
13 November 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Peter Lorre stars as Japanese investigator Mr. Moto in "Mr. Moto in Danger Island," a 1939 release also starring Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Walter Hymer, Douglas Dumbrille, and Leon Ames. Originally written as a Charlie Chan script, Moto is asked to investigate the smuggling of inexpensive contraband diamonds from South America via Puerto Rico and into the U.S. that are driving down diamond prices. One investigator has already been murdered, so it's time to send in the big guns - Moto.

A professional wrestler named Twister McGurk (Hymer), whom Moto meets en route to Puerto Rico, attaches himself to the diminutive detective, which brings some comic relief.

Entertaining with a nice tropical atmosphere despite being made on a back lot, and it's always a joy to see Peter Lorre. Unfortunately for Mr. Moto, World War II ended his run.


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