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The sixth in a series of eight stars Peter Lorre as a Japanese, George Sanders as French, and John Carradine as a Brit. The gist of these were the exotic locales and personages. The mystery tale is only complementary to that. Before James Bond these served the international espionage clientele pretty well. There's plenty of rough-and-tumble fisticuffs too. All in all, quite satisfactory, as spies only seek to completely destroy the entire French Navy, thereby ruining Anglo- Gallic alliances. Will Mr. Moto solve the case in time?
Peter Lorre, Austro-Hungarian, plays Mr. Moto, Japanese international spy. And not even a very good spy.
Ricardo Cortez is a villain!!!
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.
Good Setting & Atmosphere; Lorre is Fun to Watch--A detective with brains and brawn!!
One of the last of the Mr. Moto series, here the Japanese sleauth must prevent a saboteur from blowing up a French fleet at the Suez Canal. Weak and predictable, perhaps suffering from a lack of new ideas.
great fun and entertaining
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.
pretty good B movie fare from hollywood's golden year 1939.
You gotta love it. A modest production, but enough intrigue and fun to keep you watching. Plus Peter Lorre, John Carradine, and George Sanders.