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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 »

Company Credits

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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Did You Know?


Last full length feature of Ian Fleming. See more »


Inspector Jim Halliday: Are you in the habit of wandering around strange men's apartments?
Maxine Powell, Lennox's Secretary: Mr. Moto is not strange. We're friends.
Mr. Moto: Yes, we're friends.
Inspector Jim Halliday: It's a habit you ought to break. You could lose either your health or your honor.
Maxine Powell, Lennox's Secretary: And you wouldn't protect either!
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Spun-off from Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) See more »

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Should have left Mr. Moto rest in peace.
9 December 2007 | by tvrogersjr-1See all my reviews

One of the interesting things (looking back) about the original Mr. Moto series is its timing relative to WWII. It was also quite well written and, like many classics, provides some good commentary on society of that time. I think a post-WWII Moto film would be a good idea, but not this one. Poorly written and poorly acted, this film certainly does not do justice to a fine old classic. With the original Mr. Moto played by a German and Charlie Chan by a Swede, one would think that our enlightened 1960's society would at least come up with a proper Japanese-descent actor to play Moto. They certainly didn't pay a lot for the script and even less for sets. The feeble attempt with two folding screens and a cheap print of a Geisha on the Moto's wall didn't quite make us believe Moto's "orientalness". I hope someone takes another, better, stab at bringing back Mr. Moto.

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