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
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A tribute to Warner Oland appears in Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), the next film in the Moto series. During the movie's production in August 1938, cast and crew learned of Oland's passing in his native Swedan (five months after the completion and release of "Mr. Moto's Gamble"). Over the title "Charlie Chan in Honolulu", on the bill of the Sultana Theatre of Variety, they placed the banner "Last Day". See more »
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 »
Gosh, that's a pretty girl sitting with your friend!
That's his daughter Linda. She's got her nose so high in the air, she'd drown in a rainstorm.
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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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