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Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 January 1939 (USA)
Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (original screen play by), Norman Foster (original screen play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Ricardo Cortez ... Fabian
Virginia Field ... Connie
John Carradine ... Danforth
George Sanders ... Eric Norvel
Joan Carroll ... Mary Delacour (as Joan Carol)
Robert Coote ... Rollo
Margaret Irving ... Madame Delacour
Leyland Hodgson ... Hawkins
John Davidson ... Hakin
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Storyline

A Japanese man claiming to be Mr Moto, of the International Police, is abducted and murdered soon after disembarking from a ship at Port Said in Egypt. The real Mr Moto is already in Port Said, investigating a conspiracy against the British and French governments. The dead man was his colleague, impersonating him to throw the conspirators off his scent. Mr Moto recognises one of the conspirators as a British Secret Service agent, and together they discover that the gang have mined the harbour in preparation for the arrival of the French fleet. Their aim is to throw the blame onto the British, which may start a second World War. Written by Daniel Frankham <danielf@my-Deja.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Moto No. 6 See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of Fox's eight "Moto"s, this was the sixth to be produced, and the seventh to be released. See more »

Goofs

When Fabian is fighting with Connie after she overheard his plans, he says if it weren't for him she'd be 'rotting in Dartmoor Prison'.

Dartmoor Prison is a real prison, but houses only men. See more »

Quotes

Danforth - aka Richard Burke: Moto, I'm beginning to believe all the stories I've heard about you.
Mr. Kentaro Moto: Please do not. I do not.
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Connections

Follows Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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Moroccan Nights
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Music by David Raksin
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nice cast in pre-WW II programmer
27 November 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

1939's "Mr. Moto's Last Warning" stars Peter Lorre as the Japanese detective, of whom nothing was heard once the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Lorre is surrounded by a great cast, which includes Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine, and George Sanders. Lorre not only plays Moto, but his cover, who runs an antique store.

The story concerns Moto's investigation of a conspiracy against the British and French governments. One of the "conspirators" is a British agent, and the two of them discover that the group has put mines in the harbor in order to blow up the French fleet -- the group had been desperately trying to find out the arrival date, and once they got it, set the bombs in place. Obviously, this is before Churchill blew the French fleet up in 1940 when the French refused to do so, which would thus give the Germans access to the fleet. The conspirators plan to blame the British for the bombing, hoping to start the Second World War.

Lorre does a great job, and Ricardo Cortez, as the head of the group whose works as a ventriloquist as his cover, makes an effective villain. Sanders uses a strange accent. Virginia Field, one of the "ice cream blondes" of that era was under contract to 20th Century Fox at the time; unfortunately, she never made it to the top, but she was in a lot of good films and is very pretty. John Carradine is in top form.

Entertaining as well as interesting, this is a good entry into the series featuring the brilliant and delightful "Mr. Moto."


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