Mr. Moto's Last Warning [DVD] [1939]

One of the better entries in the "Mr. Moto" series from 20th Century-Fox, Mr. Moto's Last Warning comes to DVD in a decent low-priced edition from Alpha Video. Costing between $5 and $8 depending upon where one buys it, this disc offers a passable tranfer of a clean if not terribly bright print. This is one of the best B-mysteries ever made at Fox, with afairly complex plot and a cast worthy of an "A" title, including George Sanders (sporting a French accent), Ricardo Cortez (playing a dangerously paranoid ventriloquist), Robert Coote (as a buffoonish English tourist-author), John Carradine (cast effectively against type as a British secret service agent), and a bogus Moto lurking around as well. FoxVideo could, undoubtedly, deliver a better looking disc if they ever had a mind to, but as there's almost no chance of that -- movies starring European actors in Oriental detective roles are too politically incorrect today -- this is probably as good a chance as we'll ever have to enjoy this movie today. The sound is consistent throughout and the image is mostly clean if not sharp, apart from some very scratchy sections at 30 minutes and 48 minutes in. The five chapters are adequate for the film and the movie is easy to open through a simple menu.
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Mr. Moto's Last Warning
Japanese detective Mr. Moto finds himself hip-deep in international espionage in this adventure tale. In Port Said, a pair of rogues -- French-born Fabian (Ricardo Cortez) and Englishman Norvel (George Sanders) -- are working for a nameless foreign government and devise a scheme to sabotage French ships passing through the Suez Canal. The criminals plan to leave false clues implicating British agents in hopes of sparking a war between the two nations. Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre), posing as a local shopkeeper after faking his own death to avoid suspicion, is assigned to stop them before any lives (or vessels) can be lost. John Carradine and Virginia Field also appear in this, the sixth of eight films that would feature Peter Lorre as Mr. Moto. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Peter Lorre
    Peter Lorre - Mr. Moto
  • Ricardo Cortez
    Ricardo Cortez - Fabian, Ventriloquist
  • John Carradine
    John Carradine - Danforth/Richard Burke
  • George Sanders
    George Sanders - Eric Norvel
  • Robert Coote
    Robert Coote - Rollo Venables
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