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According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, author J. P. Marquand was paid $7,000 for the film rights to his story "That Girl and Mr. Moto" on June 1, 1936, previous to its publication in The Saturday Evening Post. The legal records also note that writer Sonya Levien was charged to the project for a short time, but she did no actual writing for it. This film was the first in a series of eight Mr. Moto vechiles by Twentieth Century-Fox, all starring Peter Lorre in the lead role. The series ended in 1939 with Mr. Moto's Last Warning (see entry above). Twentieth Century-Fox attempted to revive the series in 1965 with the British-made The Return of Mr. Moto starring Henry Silva and Terence Longdon and directed by Ernest Morris (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70, F6.4080). For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index.