Thursday, January 29, 2015

In Pour Taste

For Moto each sip can be tricky
Some lowlife could slip him a mickey
Getting offed by a stranger
Is often a danger
But don't call him "Nip"-- that's just icky.

Peter Lorre is Mysterious Mr. Moto (Norman Foster; 1938), one of a series of eight films starring Lorre as the Japanese sleuth made between 1937 and 1939. The Moto films are tales of international intrigue, involving smuggling, theft of archaeological treasures, and the like. Moto Kentaro (his given name is visible only on his identity card) often works under vague auspices. He’s either an agent of Interpol, a functionary of the Japanese government, or an exporter who takes up intrigue as a hobby. (Text purloined from David Bordwell.)

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