Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Mr. Moto's Last Warning Photos

Movie Info

The great Japanese detective takes on a gang of crooks in Port Said in this entry in the mystery series. The crooks, supported by an unknown country, are trying to start a war between France and England. To stop them, Moto begins working in a store near the villains' lair.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Peter Lorre
as Mr. Moto
Virginia Field
as Connie Porter
Ricardo Cortez
as Fabian, Ventriloquist
John Carradine
as Danforth/Richard Burke
George Sanders
as Eric Norvel
Joan Carroll
as Mary Delacour
Robert Coote
as Rollo Venables
Margaret Irving
as Mme. Delacour
Leyland Hodgson
as Capt. Hawkins
Teru Shimada
as Fake Mr. Moto
Georges Renavent
as Adm. Delacour
E.E. Clive
as Commandant
Holmes Herbert
as Bentham
C. Montague Shaw
as First Lord of Admiralty
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Mr. Moto's Last Warning

All Critics (1)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Enjoyable detective story.

Full Review… | May 12, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Mr. Moto's Last Warning


Is this a great film - no. But the basic plot is - just that it was developed as B-list material. Moto is meant to be a Nippon-style 007, just shorter and without the entanglements of romance. Filmed in 1938 the threat of war was pervasive in society then. Shakespearean actor Peter Lorre does well, miscast as he was, as the Asian detective. For a few of the silent era years, ethnic actors were recruited to portray their race: Native Americans, Asians (often grouped together), and Negroes all had significant roles - in films about their race or homelands. by the time sound came to pictures that had ended: only "whites" were allowed to play leading or heroic roles. Ethic types were not given the chance to be worthy of respect. And in the mid-1930's, respect was just what Mr. Lorre was looking for. Previously known as the European "psychopathic" actor, Lorre distances himself from murderous German Naziism by playing the part of a heroic Japanese detective. Maybe being Japanese in the late 1930's wasn't such a great career move! But Mr. Lorre does show some impressive acting chops as well as a fair bit of physicality in this film. Also great to see Sanders and Carradine again.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

Peter Lorre was a very talented actor. I love everything Japanese or relating to Japan so I had to see this pre-Pearl Harbor suspense film. While essentially a B Movie it was enjoyable. If nothing else to enjoy Lorre's range of talent playing different ethnic roles.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

This should have been Mr. Moto's Last Movie. The first movie wasn't that good, and the sequels are worse.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Discussion Forum

Discuss Mr. Moto's Last Warning on our Movie forum!

News & Features