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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

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.

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Norman Foster

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Joseph Schildkraut ... Hendrik Manderson
Lionel Atwill ... Prof. Roger Chauncey Hildebrand
Virginia Field ... Eleanore 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 - Museum Guard
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

Iris Wong who plays a waitress in this film plays a maid in 'Charlie Chan in Rio' . 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: [after blowing Moto's cover] I'm frightfully sorry. Say, I did let the cat out of the bag, didn't I?
Mr. Moto: Yes, even the poor animal's tail.
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Connections

Follows Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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A fun romp
27 October 2005 | by Film_DexSee 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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