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Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  7 April 1938 (USA)
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When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder.

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Cast

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Dick Baldwin ...
Bill Steele
Lynn Bari ...
Penny Kendall
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Jayne Regan ...
Linda Benton
Harold Huber ...
Lieutenant Riggs
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
Wellington (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
John Hamilton ...
Philip Benton
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Connors
Bernard Nedell ...
Clipper McCoy
Charles Williams ...
Gabby Marden
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Biff Moran
Cliff Clark ...
McGuire
Eddie Marr ...
Sammy (as Edward Marr)
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Bad blood exists between Bill Steele and Frankie Stanton, the leading contenders for the heavyweight title, and a grudge match is scheduled. Steele's knockout victory is tainted by his opponent's untimely death, ostensibly from a concussion caused by hitting the canvas. A post-mortem reveals that poison was somehow introduced into a cut above Stanton's eye although it is unclear how and why. Gambling might seem to be the motive as several of the principle suspects, gamblers Clipper McCoy and Nick Crowder, Stanton's shady manager Jerry Connors, and fight promoter Philip Benton, all seemed to have made wagers on the fight. Benton's spoiled daughter and female reporter Penny Kendall are vying for the affections of Steele, who is now slated to fight for the championship against pugnacious Biff Moran. Lt. Riggs of New York Homicide and Moto, who were spectators at the fight, go on the trail of the murderer following the autopsy results. Moto's prime suspect is a shadowy character named ... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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gambling | knockout | murder | poison | autopsy | See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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7 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Mr. Moto's Diary  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Begun as a Charlie Chan film ("Charlie Chan at the Ringside"), but upon difficulties between 20th Century-Fox and Chan star Warner Oland, the script was hastily rewritten to accommodate Fox's other Asian sleuth, Mr. Moto. The presence of Chan's son Lee is evidence of the grafting of one movie onto another series. Though it has been reported that Oland's death was the cause for this change from Chan to Moto, it is not the case. This film was released theatrically on 3/25/38, and Oland did not die until August 6th of that same year. See more »

Goofs

During the session in his criminal investigation class, Mr. Moto says that the colloidon in the small bottle has has all the poison removed from it. Not so: colloidon is itself a deadly poison. See more »

Quotes

Nick Crowder: Who pulled the strings to get this fight on tonight?
Kentaro Moto: I plead guilty, Mr. Crowder. You see, some people save strings; I pull them.
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Followed by Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939) See more »

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A Charlie Chan film made as a Moto film.
16 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Due to the illness of Chan star Warner Oland, this film's script had to be turned into a Mr. Moto movie. I feel this is the weakest entry in the Fox Moto series with Peter Lorre. The film is set in the New York boxing world. I've never been a fan of boxing--so the atmosphere did nothing for me. Lorre is his usual great self. That can't be taken away. And the film has the bonus of Keye Luke reprising his role as Charlie's Number One Son, Lee Chan, for the last time at 20th Century Fox. (He would play the Lee role twice more in the last two Monogram Chans.) But even with Lorre and Luke, this one is a bit weak. It might have been better if filmed with Mr. Oland as an actual Charlie Chan film. Still--it is worth seeing.


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