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Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 June 1938 (USA)
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In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.

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Complete credited cast:
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Rochelle Hudson ...
Robert Kent ...
Marty Weston
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Rajah Ali
Chick Chandler ...
Chick Davis
George Regas ...
Bokor
Frederick Vogeding ...
Zimmerman (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Beautiful aviatrix Victoria Mason teams up with Mr. Moto in South East Asia to uncover a murderous village high priest who is trying to overthrow the ruling Rajah Ali. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Look Out, Mr. Moto  »

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Released as the fourth film in the Moto series, this was actually the second one filmed. 20th Century Fox thought that Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) was a stronger follow up to Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) than this and, as a result, 'Takes a Chance' was ultimately released in the summer of 1938 following _Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)_. See more »

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When Moto, in the guise of the elderly guru, is charming the snake in the basket, the wire operating the supposedly live snake is visible. See more »

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Followed by Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) See more »

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Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938) **
25 February 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I've only seen the first three Mr. Moto films at this point but this was easily the least of them so far. Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) poses as an archaeologist in a Cambodian jungle to sabotage the anti-government plans being cooked up by leader Rajah Ali (J. Edward Bromberg). He is helped out by a female spy (Rochelle Hudson) who has "conveniently" crashed her own plane on the island. This one plays very much like an old Republic serial. Detracting much from whatever enjoyment there is here are two silly American newsreel photographers who work their way into the story, providing what I suppose they think is comic relief. ** out of ****


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