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Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938)

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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:
Robert Kent ...
Marty Weston
J. Edward Bromberg ...
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Chick Davis
George Regas ...
Frederick Vogeding ...
Zimmerman (as Fredrik Vogeding)


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 <>

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Release Date:

24 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Look Out, Mr. Moto  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The first time Moto reaches for a carrier pigeon to relay a message to his government contact, you'll see that the cage door is already open. See more »


Followed by Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939) See more »

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21 April 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

For the 4th Fox Moto the script took a nosedive and crashed like Rochell Hudson's plane did at the beginning. You could tell it was going to be a bumpy ride as she was flying over Angkor Wat and awe-struck by its beauty for a full half second. The overall intelligent production and sinister atmosphere generated by the sets more than make up for it though and keep me coming back.

"Grave-digger" Moto played beautifully superciliously by Peter Lorre is trying to discover and stop a plot to overthrow a Cambodian Rajah (?) played by mincing and wincing J. Edward Bromberg. Two grade A American newsreel cameramen get in the way, one falling for Hudson the other supplying the comedy. It takes a long time coming but the 2 Yanks escape an execution, Moto gets to show his incredible disguising (!) and energetic jujitsu skills off, and Hudson nearly got raped too (well, what was that about with the pervy High Priest if not?!) The High Priest/Temple scenes reminded me of George Zucco in The Mummy's Hand a few years later, another great film with a gossamer-like plot than smacked of Serial. Even so, there's a few surprises along the way, and the 61 minute running time simply flew by, because you see, I enjoy watching this type of movie: I can laugh at its many faults at the same time as revelling in its many good points.

I only wish they had made this as a 13 part serial, there'd be so much more to enjoy.

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