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The Return of Mr. Moto (1965)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 October 1965 (UK)
Mr. Moto goes undercover to find out who has been blowing up oil wells and trying to gain total control of all the oil leases from a petroleum-rich Middle Eastern country.


Ernest Morris


Fred Eggers


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Silva ... Mr. Moto
Terence Longdon ... Jonathan Westering
Suzanne Lloyd ... Maxine Powell
Marne Maitland ... Wasir Hussein, the Shahrdar's Assistant
Martin Wyldeck ... Helmuth 'Dargo' Engel
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... Magda--Hussein's Henchman
Stanley Morgan ... Inspector Jim Halliday
Peter Zander Peter Zander ... Charles Ginelli
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Shahrdar of Wadi
Anthony Booth ... Hovath
Gordon Tanner ... Russell McAllister
Henry Gilbert Henry Gilbert ... David Lennox
Richard Evans ... Chief Inspector Marlow
Denis Holmes Denis Holmes ... Chapel the fake Halliday (as Dennis Holmes)
Ian Fleming ... Rogers--Westering's Butler


Sinister forces are behind the blowing up of wells in an attempt to gain control of key oil fields. Moto is assigned by British-based Beta Oil Corporation and the Foreign Office to discover who is conspiring to control the oil leases of the petroleum-rich emirate of Wadi Shammar. After an attempt on his life fails, Moto goes undercover disguised as a Japanese businessman discovers a plot against the life of the Shahrdar of Wadi Shammar. Moto is aided in his efforts by beautiful Beta Oil secretary Maxine Powell and Police Inspector Jim Halliday. Written by duke1029

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The invincible Mr. Moto...pitting himself against a killer syndicate in the Middle East! See more »


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Release Date:

18 October 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El retorno de Mr. Moto See more »

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Production Co:

Lippert Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Last full length feature of Ian Fleming. See more »


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No classic but lots of fun; you be the judge!
16 August 2008 | by pmsusanaSee all my reviews

I'm not one of the reviewers who apparently lined up to bash this movie; I think that 20th Century-Fox guaranteed it a hostile reception by inviting comparison with the fondly-remembered Peter Lorre series of thirty years before. On its own it's a efficiently-produced crime thriller that moves along briskly and offers some genuine surprises and suspense to open-minded viewers. It's been suggested by some (including Henry Silva himself, in the DVD's audio commentary) that Silva is physically unsuited to play an oriental, but the same could be said of the Hungarian Peter Lorre in the earlier series, or the Swedish Warner Oland who became the definitive Charlie Chan. And it's worth mentioning that Henry Silva has convincingly played characters of various nationality over the years.

A beautiful letterboxed transfer of this film can be found as an extra on the final disc of the Peter Lorre/Moto DVD series; I found it well worth seeing for its entertainment value as well as Henry Silva's fascinating audio commentary.

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