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Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 April 1938 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
Bill Steele
Penny Kendall
Jayne Regan ...
Linda Benton
Lieutenant Riggs
Philip Benton
Clipper McCoy
Charles Williams ...
Gabby Marden
Biff Moran
Cliff Clark ...
Eddie Marr ...
Sammy (as Edward Marr)


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Release Date:

7 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Moto's Diary  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production delays caused Chick Chandler to be replaced by Charles Williams. See more »


While the minimum weight now for a heavyweight is 200lbs, at the time of the film it was 175lbs. Thus when the boxers are announced as 179lbs and 194lbs they are actually over the required minimum weight for their category. See more »


Kentaro Moto: Much information can be obtained from tongues loosened in anger.
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Followed by Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) See more »

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Mr. Moto....Meet Mr. Chan
26 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This sorry boxing movie was a great disappointment. Because of necessity, Peter Lorre must take up the mantle of Charlie Chan. In the first two films, he is a riveting character with a complex mind and a murderous impulse. Here he plays straight man to a bunch of gamblers and buffoons. A young boxer is trying to get a title bout when his opponent dies and he is charged with the murder. Lee Chan (Keye Luke) and Slapsy Maxie Rosenbloom pair up to do the silly stuff. Moto even delivers lines like Chan. There are gamblers coming out of the walls, talking to the fighters before the bouts. John Hamilton, Perry White on "The Adventures of Superman," has a lot of irons in the fire as to a whole bunch of other bettors. It just becomes so weak as the thing goes along, including Chan trying to punch Rosenbloom so he can remember where he got a gun.

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