Think Fast, Mr. Moto

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

Japanese detective Lorre is trailing some smugglers. He boards the Marco Polo on a course for the Far East and comes to know Beck, the son of the ship's owner, who is delivering a letter to Kinnell. Kinnell is the company's branch manager in Shanghai and the letter tells him to be on the lookout for contraband. But no such voyage is complete without intrigue,...read more

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Japanese detective Lorre is trailing some smugglers. He boards the Marco Polo on a course for the Far East and comes to know Beck, the son of the ship's owner, who is delivering a letter to Kinnell. Kinnell is the company's branch manager in Shanghai and the letter tells him to be on the

lookout for contraband. But no such voyage is complete without intrigue, which arrives in the form of Field and Rogers. The pair has been hired by Rumann to foil Beck's mission. Field romances Beck; Lorre kills Rogers and, on arriving in Shanghai, infiltrates the smuggler's gang. In the nightclub

where Field sings, Lorre is recognized as a policeman and is shot. However, he is wearing a bulletproof vest and fights off the gang. Kinnell is arrested as the mastermind of the group and all ends happily. This was the first of Lorre's "Mr. Moto" series; eight of the "Moto" films were made over

the next two years, though this was intended as a one-shot film. Lorre's characterization here was highly engaging. The character was taken from a fictional series in the Saturday Evening Post which had been inspired by a real-life Japanese detective. Some called the "Moto" series better than the

"Charlie Chan" films and for good reason. The script here is witty and enjoyable, directed with good pace and well acted by the ensemble. This was an unusual character departure for Lorre, which he handled with ease.

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