Mysterious Mr. Moto
|Mysterious Mr. Moto|
Theatrical release poster
|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
Henry Wilcoxon replaced Michael Whalen in the cast. It was an early Hollywood role for Australian actor Mary Maguire.
- 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 Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 12 Mar 1938: 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 16 Mar 1938: 21.
- In Hollywood With HEDDA HOPPER. The Washington Post 7 Apr 1938: X26.
- Nationalities Vary On 'Mr. Moto' Set The Washington Post 19 Apr 1938: X10.
- Age Moto 40 Years In 20 Minutes The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C] 08 May 1938: TT4.
- "CHAPERONED BY THREE" NOVEL, INTERESTING PLAY von Blon, Katherine T. Los Angeles Times 28 May 1938: A7.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOODNew York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]17 Sep 1938: 20.