Nearly 30 years after the last Mr Moto movie with Peter Lorre some British people decided to revisit the character again. The Return Of Mr Moto came out in 1965 and Henry Silva played the Japanese detective. Henry Silva was one of the actors that I saw on plenty of TV shows that I watched in the 1960's. He had a regular role in The Untouchables, he did a couple of episode of The Twilight Zone and plenty of single appearances on shows like I-Spy, Daniels Boone, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea and many more. He often played an ethnic character and in the commentary to this movie he mentions his father was from Spain and his mother from Italy. He was born in Brooklyn New York in 1928 and his career started in 1950 and his last credit was in 2001.
The Return Of Mr Moto was written by Fred Eggers and directed by Ernest Morris. I hadn't heard of either guy and as I look them up on the IMDb I see they both had shortish careers. Eggers has 13 credits on the IMDb over his 13 year career and TROMM is the 2nd last thing he did. The last thing he did was a script for The Girl From UNCLE tv series in 1967. Ernest Morris directed an episode of Have Gun - Will Travel and Maverick before he moved to England where he directed a single episode of The Saint and 6 episodes of William Tell amongst other stuff. The Return Of Mr Moto was the last thing that Ernest directed in his 8 year career. The second last thing he did was the TV movie Five Have A Mystery To Solve which was adapted from the Enid Blyton novel. I'd like to see that. There's a chunk of it on YouTube but not the whole movie.
The Return Of Mr Moto is about the oil business. Someone is blowing up oil wells in a made up Middle Eastern country. Moto gets assigned to the case by the Foreign Office. He works with Suzanne Lloyd from the Beta Oil Company. Suzanne is a Canadian actor who appeared in a lot of American and British tv shows like Zorro, The Saint, The Avengers, Thriller, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke and Bonanza, and that's just the bigger shows you probably know. The movie is totally average and not much to write home about. I seem to spend more space on some of these poorer films than you'd think they deserve. I wonder what that means. It's included as a extra on the last Mr Moto movie I got from the library. The best thing about the movie was Henry Silva doing the audio commentary track. He was more entertaining than the movie but not by much. Sadly the 2 sets of Mr Moto movies cost over $120 on Amazon. That's way too expensive. You can find cheaper bootleg sets out on the internet but who knows what the quality is like until you get them.