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Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

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.

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Norman Foster

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (original screen play by), Norman Foster (original screen play by) | 1 more credit »
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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 Venables
Margaret Irving ... Madame Delacour
Leyland Hodgson ... Capt. Bert Hawkins
John Davidson ... Hakin
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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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References Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) See more »

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My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)
(1881) (uncredited)
Written by H.J. Fuller
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Mr. Moto's race against time to stop WWII
4 September 2004 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** International policeman Mr. Moto, Peter Lorre, is in a race against time in the movie "Mr. Moto's Last Warning". Mr. Moto tries to prevent a war from breaking out between the United Kingdom and France that is secretly being instigated by some unnamed country by using a gang of international criminals and saboteurs who plan to use underwater mines. their plan is to blow up a number of French warships at the mouth of the Suez Canal outside the Egyptian port city of Port Said and blame it on the British.

Undercover and underwater Mr. Moto comes through in the clutch and saves the day but not after losing his partner Mr. Moto Jr. Teru Shimada, and British secret agent Richard Blake, John Carradine, in the process. Mr. Moto Jr. posed as the real Mr. Moto and was killed by the saboteurs thinking that he was THE Mr. Moto. Agent Blake, who was undercover with the saboteurs as a criminal named Danford, was caught after the head Saboteur Fabian, Ricordo Cortez, noticed a photo of Blake ripped and minus the cheap stick-on beard he had on and realized that he was the British secret agent Blake.

Having Blake ,fake beard and all, put in a diving-bell Fabian had him lowered to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and left there to die when he used up all the air inside. Fabian gets his British girlfriend Connie (Virgina Field), who was kicked out of the UK and is a fugitive from the law and Scotland Yard, now living in Egypt to go along with his plan.

Fabian getting his co-saboteur Norvel, George Sanders,to go underwater with a diving suit to blow up the flagship of the French Fleet steaming towards the Suez Canal is foiled by Mr. Moto. In an underwater skirmish with Norvel whom Mr. Moto dispatched and then blows up the mines before the French Warships are about to steam over them. Mr. Moto has it out with Fabian who is about to crack Mr. Moto's skull in with a pipe but is shot dead by Connie who changed her mind and came to the aid of jolly old England France and Mr. Moto instead.

It was just too darn bad that after Mr. Moto did everything to prevent a major war from breaking out in Europe just some eight months after the release of the movie "Mr.Moto's Last Warning" on January 20, 1939 on September 1, 1939 WWII broke out!


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