Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

71 mins | Drama | 20 January 1939

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Mr. Moto No. 6 , Winter Garden and Mr. Moto in Egypt . A HR production chart adds Virginia Bruce to the cast, but she was not in the released film. According to materials contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Miles Mander was originally cast as Danforth. For additional information about the series, please consult the entry below for the 1937 film Think Fast, Mr. Moto ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Mr. Moto No. 6 , Winter Garden and Mr. Moto in Egypt . A HR production chart adds Virginia Bruce to the cast, but she was not in the released film. According to materials contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Miles Mander was originally cast as Danforth. For additional information about the series, please consult the entry below for the 1937 film Think Fast, Mr. Moto . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
31 Jan 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 38
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 38
pp. 12-13.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Dec 38
p. 36.
New York Times
27 Jan 39
p. 17.
Variety
25 Jan 39
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Asst prop
Asst prop
COSTUMES
Ward man
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Asst grip
Casting
Best boy
Cable man
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by John P. Marquand.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Mister Moto in Egypt
Winter Garden
Mr. Moto No. 6
Release Date:
20 January 1939
Production Date:
6 June--29 June 1938
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,376
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4445
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fabian, the leader of a spy ring, plots to disrupt the peaceful relations between England and France by blowing up the French fleet as it steams through Port Said in the Suez Canal. Although Fabian is posing as a ventriloquist to hide his sinister activities, British agent Burke has infiltrated the ring under the alias of Danforth, and has warned the French of imminent danger. Consequently, the arrival of the fleet has been delayed. Meanwhile, Mr. Moto, an agent of the International Police who is masquerading as an antique dealer, is also trying to uncover Fabian's plot. After ordering Eric Norvel, one of his men, to trick the admiral's wife, Madame Delacour, into revealing the arrival date of the fleet, Fabian discovers that Danforth is a British agent, then disposes of him by cutting Danforth's lifeline on the diving bell into which he is submerged near the site of the explosives. Thus Fabian cleverly makes it seem as if the British are responsible for the sabotage. Becoming suspicious of the antique dealer, Fabian orders his girl friend, Connie Porter, to follow him. Connie's report confirms Fabian's suspicions that the antique dealer is Mr. Moto, and Fabian orders that he be killed, but Moto cleverly escapes. As the fleet steams into port, Fabian readies to give Norvel the signal to detonate the explosives, but Moto intercepts Norvel and sets off the explosives before the fleet can reach port. Fabian then tries to kill Moto himself, but his attempt is cut short when Connie, who has discovered his treachery, shoots ... +


Fabian, the leader of a spy ring, plots to disrupt the peaceful relations between England and France by blowing up the French fleet as it steams through Port Said in the Suez Canal. Although Fabian is posing as a ventriloquist to hide his sinister activities, British agent Burke has infiltrated the ring under the alias of Danforth, and has warned the French of imminent danger. Consequently, the arrival of the fleet has been delayed. Meanwhile, Mr. Moto, an agent of the International Police who is masquerading as an antique dealer, is also trying to uncover Fabian's plot. After ordering Eric Norvel, one of his men, to trick the admiral's wife, Madame Delacour, into revealing the arrival date of the fleet, Fabian discovers that Danforth is a British agent, then disposes of him by cutting Danforth's lifeline on the diving bell into which he is submerged near the site of the explosives. Thus Fabian cleverly makes it seem as if the British are responsible for the sabotage. Becoming suspicious of the antique dealer, Fabian orders his girl friend, Connie Porter, to follow him. Connie's report confirms Fabian's suspicions that the antique dealer is Mr. Moto, and Fabian orders that he be killed, but Moto cleverly escapes. As the fleet steams into port, Fabian readies to give Norvel the signal to detonate the explosives, but Moto intercepts Norvel and sets off the explosives before the fleet can reach port. Fabian then tries to kill Moto himself, but his attempt is cut short when Connie, who has discovered his treachery, shoots him. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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