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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.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Lou Breslow (screenplay), John Patrick (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Rochelle Hudson ... Victoria Mason
Robert Kent ... Marty Weston
J. Edward Bromberg ... Rajah Ali
Chick Chandler ... Chick Davis
George Regas ... Bokor
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Zimmerman (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Storyline

Mr. Moto poses as both an innocuous archaeologist and aged Buddhist mystic in French-ruled Cambodia in order to foil two anti-government revolutionary plots, one by fanatical holy man Bokor, who wants to overthrow the local leader, the self-indulgent Rajah Ali, and Ali himself, who wants to lead an insurgency against French colonial rule. Moto is aided by Vicki Mason, a daring Amelia Earhart-type aviatrix, who doubles as an international agent, and manages to rescue two bumbling newsreel photographers, Chick Davis and Marty Weston, the latter of whom seems to be attracted to the stunningly beautiful Miss Mason. Written by duke1029

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Look Out, Mr. Moto See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Almost all of the actors and actresses in this episode had passed away in real life in their 40's and 50's 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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Followed by Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939) See more »

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The worst
14 September 2000 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

It's a testament to the popularity of the Moto series that this dreadful botch was even released to theaters. It was, in fact, held back for several months, and it's easy to see why. While the other Moto films featured production and entertainment values considerably above that of the average "B" film, this silly and embarrassingly amateurish entry is barely recognizable as part of the same series, with its lame-brained phony Orientalia and sub-Republic serial story line. Worst of all, Peter Lorre--the only reason to watch a Moto film in the first place--spends an inordinate amount of time either offscreen or muffled in a disguise that's preposterous even for Moto.


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