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>
Coincidence: Three actors in this film have connections to Austria. Though he was born in New York, Ricardo Cortez's parents came from Austria-Hungary. Peter Lorre was himself from Austria-Hungary. Though she was British, Virginia Field, went to school for a time in Vienna, Austria, as did Lorre. See more »
As this film was among a number released the same year in the rapid "film factory" pace of the studio, several title cards were prepared early, assuming they would be released the same year as the copyright on the cards. While the film was made in 1938 and carries a 1938 copyright, it was not released until 1939. Meanwhile, the newsreel scene shows the Movietone News as having a copyright of 1937. See more »
Peter Lorre is always fun to watch, and this 'Mr. Moto' film gives him a good role that allows him to do a lot of things. The story itself is pretty good - although there are some loose ends, it moves quickly and has some offbeat aspects that usually work. Lorre carries the show, but there is a good supporting cast, especially George Sanders and John Carradine.
The setting and atmosphere are interesting, combining the waterfront setting (in Port Said) with an assortment of characters of different nationalities. The stage variety show, which is at the center of much of the action, creates some good moments. All in all, a pretty good feature that works well as light entertainment.
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