Moto wriggles through another mass of Oriental-Occidental intrigue in the Far East for the second [from a story by John P. Marquand] of 20th-Fox’s rival series to the well-established Charlie Chans. Moto string bears a marked resemblance to the Chans, even to the use of several characters.
Peter Lorre is ideal for role of the sly Oriental who watches the smuggling outfits who try to steal his country’s art treasures, and whose appearance anywhere is the immediate signal for adventure. Moto is adept in the manly arts – can use his fists, his feet, his gun, or his knife, which makes colorful film material.
Thank You, Mr Moto gives Jayne Regan, Fox stock contractee from St Louis, her first chance, and she’s a striking looker. Works opposite Thomas Beck, whose one constant demand seems to be that he appear in a white suit. Pauline Frederick, never handed too great material in films, disappears behind a daub of clay and becomes an expressionless Chinese mother who is killed midway trying to save the honor of her house.