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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 7 July 1939 (USA)
Disguised as an Austrian 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.


Norman Foster


Philip MacDonald (original screenplay), Norman Foster (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Joseph Schildkraut ... Hendrik Manderson
Lionel Atwill ... Professor Hildebrand
Virginia Field ... Eleanor Kirke
John 'Dusty' King ... Howard Stevens (as John King)
Iva Stewart Iva Stewart ... Susan French
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Archie Featherstone (as George P. Huntley Jr.)
Victor Varconi ... Paul Borodoff
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Wendling
Honorable Wu ... Wong
Morgan Wallace ... David Perez
Anthony Warde ... Joe Rubla
Harry Strang ... O'Hara
John Davidson ... Prince Suleid


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 »


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 »


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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Fun, Except for One Thing
6 February 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I had never seen the Mr. Moto movies until recently. They really had potential when the first couple featured a kind of dark mysterious character. But then Hollywood got involved and created fluffy romances and silly plot elements and, if it weren't for Peter Lorre, almost ruined the series. The character of Featherstone, the British idiot who showed up in a previous episode, is not funny. He is pathetic as a drunken busybody. I agree with a previous reviewer that he could have been killed falling off the boat and it would have improved the story. He destroys all the flow to this episode. It is exciting enough, with two different criminal elements trying to steal the crown of the Queen of Sheba. Also, considering supposed seriousness of the efforts to protect this priceless artifact, the authorities are bumbling dunces. Lionel Atwell is tiresome and overstuffed. There is also the handsome, boring young guy who is in love with the obligatory attractive young woman. They contribute nothing. It's a shame that Peter Lorre's wonderful character has to shine in the face of all this. I know it's a B movie, but I guess they were trying to appease the Saturday afternoon crowds.

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Release Date:

7 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Férias de Mr. Moto See more »

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Production Co:

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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