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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.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (original screenplay), Norman Foster (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 Honorable Wu ... Wong
Morgan Wallace ... David Perez
Anthony Warde ... Joe Rubla
Harry Strang ... O'Hara
John Davidson ... Prince Suleid
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Trivia

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

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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Follows Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938) See more »

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The Motoverse Runs Its Course
8 July 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Disguised as a German archaeologist, Moto (Peter Lorre) helps unearth the priceless crown of the legendary Queen of Sheba and sans disguise defends it from a variety of thugs and criminals.

Plenty of good fights, an excellent plot, and the beard... man, what a beard. Lorre should have had a beard in more of his films.

At this point, the Moto series was winding down, Lorre was getting sick of doing them, and it would not be the least surprising if director Norman Foster was ready to move on, too. At least they had one thing going for them in this installment: Lionel Atwill, an actor probably best known for his 1930s horror films.


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