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Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 June 1938 (USA)
In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.

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Beautiful aviatrix Victoria Mason teams up with Mr. Moto in South East Asia to uncover a murderous village high priest who is trying to overthrow the ruling Rajah Ali. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Released as the fourth film in the Moto series, this was actually the second one filmed. 20th Century-Fox thought that Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) was a stronger follow-up to Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) than this and, as a result, 'Takes a Chance' was ultimately released in the summer of 1938, following Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938). See more »

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The first time Moto reaches for a carrier pigeon to relay a message to his government contact, you'll see that the cage door is already open. See more »

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Follows Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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Here, Possibly, The Origins of Yoda!
14 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Has it occurred to anyone else who has trekked through the undergrowth of this jungle thriller that at last we have the origins of Yoda? Fans of white-suited Mr. Moto may be aware he loves to masquerade in order to manipulate the unwary and the villainous, and in Mr. Moto Takes A Chance, Peter Lorre slips on a disguise...well, you just have to see it to believe it! It also appears that the studio's Central Casting dragged a couple of folks off of Hollywood Boulevard and strapped them into what might be Neo-Asian Drag, as it is a little difficult to know from looking at the poor things exactly what cultural background they are supposed to represent.

There's also an ancient temple crawling with vines, a cobra in a basket, and all the trappings of a wonderfully silly Saturday afternoon matinée adventure--all this and Rochelle Hudson! Not one of the best Mr. Moto adventures, especially when Lorre, in his Moto makeup, spends far too much time under another layer of disguise to mystify the villainous as well as willing viewers--that said, if Peter Lorre's in it, the film is probably worth a look!


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