Mysterious Mr. Moto
|Mysterious Mr. Moto|
|Directed by||Norman Foster|
|Produced by||Sol M. Wurtzel|
|Screenplay by||Philip MacDonald|
|Based on||Mr. Moto|
by John P. Marquand
|Music by||Samuel Kaylin|
|Edited by||Norman Colbert|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century-Fox|
It was originally known as Mysterious Mr. Moto of Devil's Island.
The film opens with a daring escape from the French penal colony on Devil's Island. Mr. Moto, pretending to be Ito Matsuka, a Japanese murderer, is in the company of Paul Brissac, who belongs to a group of assassins. Brissac changes his name to Romero when they arrive in London and Moto stays on as his houseboy.
Moto then uncovers a plot to assassinate pacifist industrialist Anton Darvak.
- Peter Lorre as Mr. Kentaro Moto
- Mary Maguire as Ann Richman
- Henry Wilcoxon as Anton Darvak
- Erik Rhodes as David Scott-Frensham
- Harold Huber as Ernst Litmar
- Leon Ames as Paul Brissac (alias Romero)
- Forrester Harvey as George Higgins
- Fredrik Vogeding as Gottfried Brujo
- Lester Matthews as Sir Charles Murchison
- John Rogers as Sniffy
- Karen Sorrell as Lotus Liu
Filming took place in March and April 1938, shortly after completion of Mr Moto's Gamble.
During filming Peter Lorre, as Moto, impersonated a seventy-year-old German painter.
- "NEWS OF THE SCREEN: George Arliss Will Appear in 'Suez' at 20th CenturyFox-Donald O'Connor Gets Role in Crosby Film Other Items at Fox Coast Scripts Of Local Origin". New York Times. March 12, 1938. p. 13.
- "RICHARD DIX CAST FOR 'GROUND CREW': To Star in Picture Which RKO Will Make One of Its More Impressive Productions DICK POWELL GETS ROLE Will Appear in 'The Hottentot'-'Start Cheering' Opens at Rialto Here This Morning Frances Farmer Replaced Coast Scripts Of Local Origin". New York Times. March 16, 1938. p. 21.
- HEDDA HOPPER (April 7, 1938). "In Hollywood". The Washington Post. p. X26.
- "Nationalities Vary On 'Mr. Moto' Set". The Washington Post. April 19, 1938. p. X10.
- "Age Moto 40 Years In 20 Minutes". The Washington Post. May 8, 1938. p. TT4.
- von Blon, Katherine T. (May 28, 1938). ""CHAPERONED BY THREE" NOVEL, INTERESTING PLAY". Los Angeles Times. p. A7.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. September 17, 1938. p. 20.