Mr. Moto's Last Warning Reviews

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Jun 06, 2018

    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?

    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?

  • Jun 07, 2017

    Peter Lorre, Austro-Hungarian, plays Mr. Moto, Japanese international spy. And not even a very good spy.

    Peter Lorre, Austro-Hungarian, plays Mr. Moto, Japanese international spy. And not even a very good spy.

  • Mar 07, 2014

    Ricardo Cortez is a villain!!!

    Ricardo Cortez is a villain!!!

  • Dec 18, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Oct 09, 2013

    Good Setting & Atmosphere; Lorre is Fun to Watch--A detective with brains and brawn!!

    Good Setting & Atmosphere; Lorre is Fun to Watch--A detective with brains and brawn!!

  • Jun 23, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Jul 21, 2012

    great fun and entertaining

    great fun and entertaining

  • Dec 19, 2011

    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.

    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.

  • Oct 11, 2011

    pretty good B movie fare from hollywood's golden year 1939.

    pretty good B movie fare from hollywood's golden year 1939.

  • Apr 21, 2011

    You gotta love it. A modest production, but enough intrigue and fun to keep you watching. Plus Peter Lorre, John Carradine, and George Sanders.

    You gotta love it. A modest production, but enough intrigue and fun to keep you watching. Plus Peter Lorre, John Carradine, and George Sanders.