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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.

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... Mr. Moto
... Sutter
... Joan Castle
... Twister McGurk
... Commissioner Gordon
... Commissioner Madero
... La Costa (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Charles D. Brown ... Col. Thomas Castle
... Gov. John Bentley
... Lt. George Bentley
Eddie Marr ... Capt. Dahlen
... Grant
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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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With both law and lawlessness against him Moto pits his oriental cunning against a fiendish killer...in his strangest crime adventure! (original ad) See more »


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Charlie Chan in Trinidad  »

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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

At 28.35 a valet enters Moto and McGurk's room asking if McGurk wants his bath run. He replies he had just had a shower. Moto says he can run his bath. Seconds later the valet is killed when he touches the tub which has been wired to electrocute anyone who touches the pipes. See more »

Quotes

Twister McGurk: Hey, Mr. Moto! Indemnify me for these mugs!
Kentaro Moto: Please release him, Colonel. He is my assistant... self-appointed.
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Follows Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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Moto in Puerto Rico.
16 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the later Moto pictures and not as good as the earlier ones. Peter Lorre is his usual great self. And, there is a great nostalgic sense of the time and setting. But it doesn't have as much life as the previous entries in the series. It is still worth seeing. Just don't expect to see Moto at his best. It is better than "Mr. Moto's Gamble" and far better than the 60's attempt at reviving the character, "The Return of Mr. Moto". This was based on the novel, "Murder in Trinidad" which did not feature Moto and was filmed before and since. For this film the locale was changed to Puerto Rico. At one time this was slated to be filmed as a Charlie Chan film, "Charlie Chan in Trinidad".


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