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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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Hendrik Manderson
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Professor Roger Chauncey Hildebrand
Virginia Field ...
Eleanore Kirke
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Howard Stevens (as John King)
Iva Stewart ...
Susan French
G.P. Huntley ...
Archie Featherstone (as George P. Huntley Jr.)
Victor Varconi ...
Paul Borodoff
John Bleifer ...
Wendling
Honorable Wu ...
Wong
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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Archibald Featherstone: I'll stay here and reconnoiter.
Driver: Don't get hurt doin' it.
Archibald Featherstone: You go and fetch the bobbies.
Driver: Yeah, I'll get the police too!
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Follows Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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A fun romp
27 October 2005 | by (Hampton, VA) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Mr. Motos, and I have seen them all. As usual Lorre is his charming self as the debonair Mr. Moto. Lionel Atwill plays a delightfully zany museum curator, the usual comic relief is quite funny here, and there are lots of suspects on whom to cast an eye. It's fast paced and fun.

The archaeologist doesn't have quite the same flair as Thomas Beck, the usual second lead in these programmers, but he's adequate. Stepin Fetchit is on board, and while he speaks in a stereotypical manner his lines are funny, not demeaning to his intelligence, and he actually saves the day in his brief time on screen.


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