MR. Moto Movies on DVD
It's a warning the folks running the Suez Canal should heed, because wily detective Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) has uncovered a plot to blow up the waterway and start an international incident. With George Sanders, Virginia Field, John Carradine. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
John P. Marquand's Asian detective tackles some of his toughest cases in a four-disc collection starring Peter Lorre in the title role. A freighter bound for Shanghai from San Francisco is the setting for a mystery involving a shadowy woman, an important letter, and a murder in the series's first entry, "Think Fast, Mr. Moto" (1937). Virginia Field co-stars. The mannerly Moto tries to stop unscrupulous treasure hunters from acquiring seven scrolls that form a map leading to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in "Thank You, Mr. Moto" (1937), with Pauline Frederick, Thomas Peck. Next, "Mr. Moto Takes A Chance" (1938) in the jungles of Indochina, where he joins a beautiful American pilot (Rochelle Hudson) in an effort to foil a rebellion staged by an evil high priest. And while on assignment for Scotland Yard, the "Mysterious Mr. Moto" (1938) goes undercover in Devil's Island prison to infiltrate a band of international assassins. Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon co-star. 4 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; interview; featurettes; theatrical trailers.
Peter Lorre returns as the self-effacing Japanese sleuth in this four-disc collection of mysteries. Originally intended as a Charlie Chan adventure, "Mr. Moto's Gamble" (1938) finds the detective trying to find out who poisoned a boxer. Keye Luke co-stars as Lee Chan. In "Mr. Moto In Danger Island" (1939), he's sent by the U.S. government to Puerto Rico to bust up some diamond smugglers who've already killed one investigator. "Mr. Moto Takes A Vacation" (1939) but must go to work anyway, guarding the recently discovered crown of the Queen of Sheba from a group of criminals out to steal it. Lionel Atwill also stars. Finally, in "Mr. Moto's Last Warning" (1939), he must foil a plot to sabotage the French fleet as it passes through the Suez Canal. With John Carradine. 4 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes. Also includes the 1965 feature "The Return Of Mr. Moto," with Henry Silva in the title role.