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Mr. Moto's Last Warning
Alternate Title: Mister Moto in Egypt
Director: Norman Foster (Dir)
Release Date:   20 Jan 1939
Production Date:   6 Jun--29 Jun 1938
Duration (in mins):   71
Duration (in feet):   6,376
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Peter Lorre (Mr. Moto)  
    Ricardo Cortez (Fabian)  
    Virginia Field (Connie [Porter])  
    John Carradine (Danforth [also known as Burke])  
    George Sanders (Eric Norvel)  
    Joan Carol (Mary Delacour)  
    Robert Coote (Rollo)  
    Margaret Irving (Madame Delacour)  
    Leyland Hodgson (Hawkins)  
    John Davidson (Hakim)  
    Teru Shimada (Fake Mr. Moto)  
    Georges Renavent (Admiral Delacour)  
    E. E. Clive (Commandant)  
    Holmes Herbert (Bentham)  
    C. Montague Shaw (First Lord of admiralty)  
    George Humbert (Stage manager)  
    Jacques Lory (Juggler)  
    Denis d'Auburn (Deck officer)  
    Eric Wilton (Deck steward)  
    Jimmy Aubrey (Waiter)  
    Lal Chand Mehra (Customs officer)  
    Victor Metzetti (Cab driver)  
    Bert Roach (Hotel clerk)  
    Jack Perry (Mug)  
    A. R. Bogard (Hoist man)  
    Wayne Rivers (Cable man)  
    Daniel Boone (Deep sea diver)  
    Al Wesslen (Deep sea diver)  
    H. W. Stroele (Tender)  
    Robert F. Owens (Tender)  
    Neil Fitzgerald (English sergeant)  

Summary: 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. 

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Norman Foster (Dir)
  Jasper Blystone (Asst dir)
  Charles Faye (Asst dir)
Producer: Sol M. Wurtzel (Exec prod)
Writer: Philip MacDonald (Orig scr)
  Norman Foster (Orig scr)
Photography: Virgil Miller (Photog)
  William Whitley (Cam op)
  Jack Warren (Asst cam)
  L. V. Johnson (Gaffer)
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun (Art dir)
  Lewis Creber (Art dir)
  Freddie Stoos (Art dir)
Film Editor: Norman Colbert (Film ed)
  Doug Biggs (Asst cutter)
Set Decoration: Thomas Little (Set dec)
  Walter [M.] Scott (Set dresser)
  Lorry Haddock (Asst prop)
  Walter Poggi (Asst prop)
Costumes: Helen A. Myron (Cost)
  Sandy Sandeen (Ward man)
Music: Samuel Kaylin (Mus dir)
Sound: E. Clayton Ward (Sd)
  William H. Anderson (Sd)
  Emmet O'Brien (Asst sound)
  Harry Roberts (Boom man)
Make Up: Jean Thomas (Hair)
  Fred Phillips (Makeup)
Production Misc: V. L. McFadden (Prod mgr)
  Sam Schneider (Unit mgr)
  Helen Torres (Scr clerk)
  Roger Murphy (Grip)
  Dan Wurtzel (Asst grip)
  George Peckham (Props)
  Phillip Moore (Casting)
  F. Mime (Best boy)
  M. Braggins (Cable man)
  Tad Gillum (Still photog)
Country: United States
Series: Mr. Moto

Source Text: Based on the character created by John P. Marquand.
Authors: John P. Marquand

PCA NO: 4445
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording

 
Genre: Drama
  Drama
Sub-Genre: Espionage
  Detective
 
Subjects (Major): Foreign agents
  Impersonation and imposture
  Japanese Americans
  Sabotage
  Spies
 
Subjects (Minor): Antique dealers
  Attempted murder
  Drowning
  Escapes
  Explosives
  France
  Great Britain. Navy
  Suez Canal (Egypt)
  Ventriloquists and ventriloquism

Note: 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

Bibliographic Sources:   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.

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