When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.
Victor Sen Yung
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
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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 »
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 »
In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.
When one of the characters say this of Lorre, you know the film is a winner: "If I was casting a horror picture, I'd have him playing the murderer." Just a brilliant nod to Lorre's career at that point, with such notable films as "M" and "Mad Love" under his belt.
One cannot deny the excellent makeup, which remains creepy even close up. Although uncredited, the work seems to have been done by Bill Cooley, a largely unknown figure. Of the mere twelve makeup jobs IMDb lists for him, only three were actually credited on screen. How much other work did he do and go unrecognized?
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