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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  7 July 1939 (USA)
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Disguised as a German archaeologist, Moto helps unearth the priceless crown of the legendary Queen of Sheba and sans disguise defends it from a variety of thugs and criminals.

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Hendrik Manderson
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Professor Roger Chauncey Hildebrand
Virginia Field ...
Eleanore Kirke
John 'Dusty' King ...
Howard Stevens (as John King)
Iva Stewart ...
Susan French
G.P. Huntley ...
Archie Featherstone (as George P. Huntley Jr.)
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Paul Borodoff
John Bleifer ...
Wendling
Honorable Wu ...
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Morgan Wallace ...
David Perez
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Joe Rubla
Harry Strang ...
O'Hara, Museum Guard
John Davidson ...
Prince Suleid
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A young and handsome archaeologist discovers the crown of the Queen of Sheba, and returns with it to a San Francisco museum where it is put on display. Its safety is in doubt as many criminals want the crown -- an international pair of criminals, a San Francisco gangster and his cohorts, and a super criminal known as Metaxa. Mr. Moto is forced to postpone his vacation while he deals with the threat. Written by thethunderchild@omnivoreink.com

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Previewed in Hollywood on 10 November 1938, to negative reviews, and not released until July 1939. See more »

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Prof. Hildebrand: There's no harm in a man looking his best.
Hendrik Manderson: It won't make any difference in your case.
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Follows Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939) See more »

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Goodbye Mr. Moto
13 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The fact that this story mostly takes place in Honolulu certainly gives credence to the idea that this film was originally meant by 20th Century Fox to be for the Charlie Chan series. So instead of Honolulu PD's finest going undercover during an archaeological expedition its the soft spoken Japanese private investigator that does.

Peter Lorre is undercover, but that's soon blown on shipboard by G.P. Huntley playing an upper crust British twit who has a knack for turning up in the wrong place at the wrong time, but actually by accident helping Moto. Some priceless artifacts are recovered from the dig and are to be displayed in a museum in Honolulu. And there's a mysterious master crook at large known to be seeking said items for theft.

With such likely suspects as Joseph Schildkraut and Lionel Atwill in the cast you can imagine either of them as the master crook, but there are others whose behavior might make them suspicious. I will say it isn't Huntley although if he had been the brains behind all the villainy that would have been a real interesting twist.

The Moto series came to a close with relations with the Japanese getting downright unfriendly. And certainly Peter Lorre was going on to bigger and better things.


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