Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

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Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937), Peter Lorre adventure movie

On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai Mr. Moto solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers.

Think fast, Mr. Moto, Marquand's third novel constructed around the Mr. Moto character, became the basis for Twentieth Century-Fox's first film entry of the same name. In all, Think Fast, Mr. Moto was followed by seven more Mr. Moto entries starring Peter Lorre in the lead role. In 1965, Twentieth Century-Fox revised the series and produced a ninth film starring Henry Silva, The Return of Mr. Moto, a film that was probably better left unmade.
During celebration of the Chinese New Year's in San Francisco's Chinatown, Mr. Moto is first seen disguised as a street peddler. He carefully stares at a rug with a design of" a tiger that hangs in the window of a curio shop and a man in costume with a British Union Jack tattoo on his right wrist emerges from the shop whose door has a "closed" sign. Disregarding the sign, Moto enters the shop and inquires about the rug that bears the design of the tiger but the shop owner (Fredrick Vogeding) says it is not for sale. Moto counters by ottering some or his "treasures" tor sale but the curio dealer declines, saying that treasures are not sold by common street peddlers as "they have no proper setting," a remark that seems so out of place that Moto takes it as some sort of recognition code. However, Moto still presses on, offering to sell the store owner a large diamond he recently acquired. He asks $5,000 claiming that the stone is easily worth $20,000 but the store owner counters with a $2,000 offer...
Source: The Complete Mr. Moto Film Phile: A Casebook
By Howard M. Berlin

director

Norman Foster

cast

Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Virginia Field ... Gloria Danton
Thomas Beck ... Bob Hitchings
Sig Ruman ... Nicolas Marloff
Murray Kinnell ... Joseph Wilkie
John Rogers ... Carson

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Movie releases (2)

dvd
Think Fast, Mr. Moto
20th Century Fox / Twentieth Century Fox (usa)
dvd
Mr. Moto und der Schmugglerring
Koch Media (germany)

Movie details

Runtime

70 min.

imdb id

tt0029660

genres

adventure crime drama mystery thriller

spoken languages

english

Age restrictions

finland: Banned uk: PG usa: Not Rated

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Age restrictions

finland: Banned norway: 16 uk: PG usa: Not Rated

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production companies

Twentieth Century Fox

aka(s)

Think Fast, Mr. Moto , Die Abenteuer des Mister Moto - Mister Moto, der Schatten von Schanghai , L'énigmatique Monsieur Moto , O Misterioso Mr. Moto , Tænk hurtigt, Mr. Moto , Silmät auki, Mr. Moto , L'énigmatique M. Moto , Mr. Moto Sanghaiban , Tigre verde , De raadselachtige Mr. Moto , Gândeşte repede, D-le Moto , Думай быстро, мистер Мото , Mr. Moto und die Schmugglerbande , Mr. Moto und der Schmugglerring , Think Fast Mr Moto

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Pictures (3)

Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)
Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

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director:

producers:

Sol M. Wurtzel executive producer

writers:

Howard Ellis Smith screen play &
Norman Foster screen play
John P. Marquand based on a story by as J.P. Marquand
Wyllis Cooper additional original dialogue uncredited
Wyllis Cooper revisions uncredited
Charles Kenyon contributing writer uncredited

composers:

R.H. Bassett uncredited uncredited
Samuel Kaylin uncredited uncredited

cast:

Peter Lorre Mr. Moto
Virginia Field Gloria Danton
Thomas Beck Bob Hitchings
Sig Ruman Nicolas Marloff
Murray Kinnell Joseph Wilkie
John Rogers Carson
Lotus Long Lela Liu
George Cooper Muggs Blake
Frederick Vogeding Curio Dealer
Philip Ahn Switchboard Operator
Richard Alexander Ivan - Doorman
Lloyd Allen Nightclub Trombonist
Dudley Brooks Nightclub Pianist
George 'Red' Callender Nightclub Bassist
Paul Fung Chauffeur
George Hassell Robert Hitchings Sr.
Ray Hendricks Soloist
Tom Herbert Seasick Male Passenger
Les Hite Nightclub Saxophonist
Charles Irwin Replacement Steward
Isabel La Mal Seasick Female Passenger
Sam Labrador Menial
William Law Shanghai Police Chief
Frank Mayo Ship's Captain Marshall
Louis Mercier French Sailor on Telephone
Red Morris Nightclub Trumpeter
Lee Phelps Chinatown Detective
Bert Roach Ship's Bartender
Virginia Sale Ship's Stewardess
Count Stefenelli Club Patron
Charles Tannen One of Bob's Friends
Harry Tenbrook Henchman
Sammee Tong Cheela - Marloff's Houseboy
Tom Ung Scarfaced Man
Ellis Walsh Nightclub Drummer
Howard Wilson Bob's Drunken Pal
Beal Wong Chinese Nightclub Waiter
Soo Yong Telephone Operator
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