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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 July 1939 (USA)
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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Howard Stevens (as John King)
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David Perez
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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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When Moto and Featherstone return to the jeweler's and notice the bullet hole from earlier, the size of the hole has trebled in diameter. 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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Very confusing lots of crooks
26 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was hard to understand. Peter Lorre plays more than one character. There are several crooks who want to steal the Crown of Sheba. Peter Lorre aka Mr Moto is trying to find a criminal that everyone thinks is dead that will try to steal the crown."Mataxsa" is his name I am not sure about the spelling. Mataxsa is like Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes movies a real deviate crook with ways to escape arrest.

Too many crooks planning to steal the crown. Hard to see who is who and who works for who.

One part I noticed that I do not think they would put in movies today is what a character named Archie Featherstone does. He is sitting at a table with Motto he is a white man with black make-up smeared on his face to look black.He is clumsy and knocks a lot of things over, really stupid actions and the black thing was uncalled for to put in the movie. overdone.

A hotel kid wants lessons from Moto to hit a co-worker who picks on him. Moto shows him how to fight and Moto is good at it. There are lots of gun fighting but at the end when Moto has a physical fight with someone in the museum Moto is not as good at fighting as shown earlier and the fight is way too long.

The white man with the black makeup might not have bothered me years ago but I found this offensive, I am a white woman that is a stupid description too "white" woman. Also in this story a man gets stabbed in a oriental restaurant. Moto ask the woman if she saw who sat in the booth near him that could have stabbed the oriental man. She said it was a "white man" and nothing else. This to me was stupid too, Moto did not ask what the man looked like, wore, or anything else.

One scene I thought was funny was a cab driver played by a black man with big eyes his name is Willie Best. I don't know if he was "African American" I don't like that term because he is a US citizen but of the black race. He has acted in other old movies I have seen like The Shanghai Chest, with Roland Winters as Charlie Chan and he is always very funny.

Anyway that's it.


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