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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Approved  |   |  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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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 ...
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Honorable Wu ...
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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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Mr. Moto: [lifting up the cut telephone cord] Someone deprived this instrument of all utility.
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Follows Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) See more »

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Final is Killed by Comedy
3 July 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

** (out of 4)

Eighth and final entry in Fox's original series once again finds Peter Lorre in the role of Mr. Moto. This time he must fight off countless bad guys who are trying to steal a priceless crowd previously owned by the Queen of Sheba. This final entry isn't the weakest of the series but it might be the most disappointing. I was highly disappointed in this one because it features a pretty good cast but there's really nothing that works overly well here. The movie certainly a long way from being bad but at the same time there's just not enough good stuff here to make the film worth viewing. The actual story is a fairly interesting set up but not enough is done with it as we pretty much get cardboard bad guys popping up at various spots and doing something bad. There's really no heart or soul behind any of the writing and in the end the movie just comes off as a low grade "B" movie rather than something unique like a lot of the films in this series. Lorre finds himself giving another good performance and we've also got decent work by Joseph Schildkraut, Virginia Field and Lionel Atwill. Atwill is pretty much wasted in the film but it's always nice seeing him. G.P. Huntley plays the comic relief here and his awful character really brings the film down several notches. I'm not sure who the director thought would find this performance funny. Black character actor Willie Best also appears briefly. Fans of the series will certainly want to check this one out but it's doubtful many others will find any type of entertainment here.


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