Mr. Moto movie posters
(the film role was played by Peter Lorre)
Detective Series (early 1950s)
Mr. Moto was conceived out of the popularity Charlie
Chan. Though Charlie
Chan is of Chinese-descent and Mr. Moto was Japanese, both fit into the category often described
In this type of show, the detectives were of Asian descent
and spoke with a foreign accents regardless of the nationality
of the performer. Like all detective-mystery old time radio shows,
in each show the protagonist single-handedly discovered
the origin of the crime thus saving the day.
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In the nine film series of Mr. Moto, Peter
Lorre played the lead role. These films, though popular
in the 1930s were no longer made once the United States
entered WWII due to anti-Japanese
sentiment. The radio show adaptations of Mr. Moto
films were curiously made after the Second
World War during the early 1950s.
See also: Charlie
Chan and Frank Wantanabe and the Honorable Archie. For more rare crime shows, see also: Rare Detective and Crime Shows Collection, Rarities: Adventure & Detective, and Dame Detectives, Female Crimefighters.