Mr. Moto, Volume 2

Mr. Moto, Volume 2

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Director: Herbert I. Leeds, James Tinling, Norman Foster

Cast: Herbert I. Leeds, James Tinling, Norman Foster, Peter Lorre


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Between 1937 and 1939, Hungarian-born character actor Peter Lorre -- best known for his memorable appearances in M, the Maltese Falcon, and Casablanca -- played diminutive Japanese sleuth Kentaro Moto in eight modestly budgeted but ingeniously crafted B-movies for 20th Century Fox. Intended as a companion to Fox’s widely successful Charlie Chan series, the Mr. Moto films quickly established themselves as superior entertainment. Although they always constituted the bottom half of a double bill, these fast-moving, scrappy little mysteries frequently overshadowed the bloated, ponderous star vehicles with which they were paired. Three of the four Motos included in this box set can be counted among the series’ best. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) pits the mild-mannered investigator against one of his toughest foes, a never-seen master criminal known as Metaxa. The two leading suspects are suave, sinister character actors Lionel Atwill and Joseph Schildkraut, and even the savviest viewers will be hard pressed to figure out which one is the guilty man. Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (also '39) revolves around a plot to sabotage the Panama Canal, and Mr. Moto in Danger Island ('38) finds the Japanese detective tracking diamond smugglers in Puerto Rico. The only weak sister in the group is Mr. Moto’s Gamble (also '38), a stodgy whodunit that was hastily converted from a Chan to a Moto following the sudden and untimely death of Fox’s original Charlie, Warner Oland. On the whole, both volumes of this series remain delightful examples of vintage low-budget Hollywood filmmaking at its finest.

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20th Century Fox
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Special Features

The Return of Mr. Moto feature film with commentary by Actor Henry Silva; Exclusive featurettes and interviews including: Mr. Moto Is Missing, Mr. Moto Meets Mr. Chan - The Making of Mr. Moto's Gamble, Mr. Moto's Creator: The Late John P. Marquand and Meet Mr. Moto; Restoration comparisons

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Lorre Primary Artist,Mr. Moto
Jean Hersholt Sutter
Joseph Schildkraut Hendrik Manderson
Keye Luke Lee Chan
Ricardo Cortez Fabian, Ventriloquist
Amanda Duff Joan Castle
Dick Baldwin Bill Steele
Lionel Atwill Prof. Hildebrand
Virginia Field Connie Porter,Eleanor Kirke
John Carradine Danforth/Richard Burke
Lynn Bari Penny Kendall
Warren Hymer Twister McGurk
Douglas Fowley Nick Crowder
George Sanders Eric Norvel
John King Howard Stevens
Richard Lane Commissioner Gordon

Technical Credits
Herbert I. Leeds Director
James Tinling Director
Norman Foster Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 2: Mr. Moto in Danger Island
1. Main Titles [1:01]
2. One Part Skill [3:04]
3. Diamond Smuggling and Death [4:10]
4. A Hijacked Mr. Moto [7:40]
5. Honest Questions for Honest Men [6:30]
6. Twister McGurk vs. Commissioner Madero [:58]
7. The Public Library [1:05]
8. Seeing Through the Mud [3:54]
9. A Clean Killing [1:51]
10. Framed in Diamonds [1:54]
11. Dancing for Answers [8:52]
12. Men of Their Word [3:51]
13. Castle's Our Man! [:45]
14. The "Imposter" [3:40]
15. A Convenient Impersonation [3:55]
16. Expensive Coconuts [5:43]
17. The Real Mr. Moto [1:57]
18. Pursuing the Pirates [2:32]
19. The Dead Decoy [5:13]
20. End Titles [1:06]
Disc #2 -- Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 2: Mr. Moto's Gamble
1. Main Titles
2. Science, Skill and Ju Jitsu
3. A Most Promising Student
4. Assault and Battery at Ringside
5. A Stolen Overcoat
6. This Boy Is Dead!
7. A Fast Thirty Grand
8. Steele Takes the Fall
9. A Splattering of Evidence
10. Amateur Detectives
11. The Mysterious Stain
12. Knock-Out's Car
13. Heding Bets
14. Who Wants Gabby Dead?
15. Who Is John Howard?
16. The Weigh-In
17. Moto's Feline Friend
18. Smoking Guns
19. Women in the Fight Game
20. Beer and Blondes
21. All Players Are Present
22. Benton's Bad Bet
23. Class Dismissed
24. End Titles
Disc #3 -- Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 2: Mr. Moto's Last Warning
1. Main Titles
2. The French Fleet
3. Shipmates
4. Foul Play
5. Fabian the Ventriloquist
6. Conspiracy
7. Mysterious Juggler
8. Explanations
9. Double Agent
10. Humble Shopkeeper
11. Danforth's Demise
12. The Plot Thickens
13. Assassination Attempt
14. For King and Country
15. Moto Is Alive!
16. Poison Ring
17. No Witnesses
18. Blowing Up the Mines
19. Connie Takes Revenge
20. What Country?/End Titles
Disc #4 -- Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 2: Mr. Moto's Takes a Vacation
1. Main Titles
2. The Crown of Sheba
3. His Gambling Nature
4. Mr. Moto's Methods
5. Scared of the Mighty Moto
6. The Super Criminal
7. An Ironclad Theft
8. Captured by Coincidence
9. Moto Still Lives!
10. A Bullet and a Clue
11. A Museum of Thieves
12. A Photographic Faux Pas
13. Alarmed by the Alarm
14. Benny's Self-Defense Lesson
15. The Laughing Buddha
16. Deadly Parting
17. Footsteps Lead the Way
18. There Are Many Criminals
19. One Moment, Mr. Anderson
20. End Titles
1. Main Titles/Killers
2. Together Again
3. New Contract
4. Spilling His Guts
5. The Great Dargo
6. Secret Hiding Place
7. Chairman of the Board
8. Numbering System
9. Waterfront Dive
10. Getting the Picture
11. The Real Halliday
12. Playing Dead
13. Planting the Seeds
14. The Arabian Nights
15. Moto's Ghost
16. The Key/End Titles

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