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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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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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7 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Mr. Moto's Diary  »

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Trivia

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

Lee Chan: [arriving late and in a hurry] We want two good seats down front!
Ticket Seller: Sorry, we're sold out.
Horce 'Knock-Out' Wellington: He's sold out?
[to the ticket taker]
Horce 'Knock-Out' Wellington: Do you know who we are?
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Standard Chan/Moto
24 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto, you should like this movie. Unless, that is, you feel the need to get your critic's knife out and compare it to Citizen Kane. It's a B movie, folks - there are going to be wacky sidekicks and awkward plot twists. What you get is the usual made-in-four-weeks murder mystery in glorious black and white, with the usual Fox suspects as actors. Yes, Slapsie is an annoying character to me, sitting here in 2009. So are many of the son characters in Charlie Chan movies, but I can deal with them. At the time, B movies carried a formula, and the goofy sidekick was used as comic relief. At least they don't' break out in song, like they did in Marx Bros. movies. If you like this genre, you should like this movie.


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