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Mysterious Mr. Moto

Mysterious Mr. Moto(1938)

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This film was also reviewed under the title Mysterious Mr. Moto of Devil's Island. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, twenty feet of stock footage entitled "Chase Through Devil's Island" was purchased from Columbia Pictures for use in this film. According to publicity, director Norman Foster disguised himself as a hoodlum for the brawl scene in the Limehouse tavern. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Michael Whalen was originally cast for the role of "Anton Darvak," but he was needed for more shooting in Racing Blood, the working title of Speed to Burn (see below). The song "Black Black Sheep" was used earlier in Fox's 1934 film Springtime for Henry (see below). This film had a Los Angeles preview for the trade press on May 27, 1938, months before its national release. Hollywood Reporter commented in their review, "The progressive development of the Mr. Moto pictures has been one of Hollywood's most interesting evolutions of series films during the past year." For information about the series, please for Think Fast, Mr. Moto and consult the Series Index.