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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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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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7 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Mr. Moto's Diary  »

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Trivia

The fourth Moto to be produced (Jan-Feb 1938), and the third to be released (Mar 25 1938). 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

Lee Chan: [arriving late and in a hurry] We want two good seats down front!
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Horce 'Knock-Out' Wellington: He's sold out?
[to the ticket taker]
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Ticket Seller: [laconically, as he closes down the ticket window] Sure, a couple of guys that ain't gonna see the fight.
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Moto and Boxing
6 June 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Third in the Fox series has a boxer getting killed inside the ring. What first appears to be a simple accident turns out to be poison and soon Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) is on the case. This film in the series really doesn't play out like the previous two and that's because this was originally intended to be a Charlie Chan movie but Oland was too ill at the time so the studio simply changed the script to Moto. The change really isn't too bad and this turns out to be another winner no matter who it was originally intended for. The movie contains a nice mystery to work with and there are plenty of possible suspects that pop up throughout the 72-minute running time. The gangsters and gamblers aspect was a nice one and they made for some good villains. Lorre is once again at his very best and we also get some nice supporting performances as well as brief appearances by George E. Stone and Lon Chaney, Jr.. Keye Luke, Chan's son, appears here as a student in Lorre's detective class and delivers a few nice smiles. Maxie Rosenbloom nearly steals the show as another student who can't help but steal things. The movie contains a lot of fun within its short running time so fans of the series will find plenty to enjoy and with the mix of boxing and gambling, those not familiar with the series should enjoy it as well.


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