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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

Of Fox's 8 MOTO features starring Peter Lorre, this was the seventh to be produced, but the last to be released. Copyright 1939, completed September 1938. 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: 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 Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) See more »

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Great Fun, as always
8 May 2012 | by guenzeldSee all my reviews

It's hard to dislike a Mr Moto film, not only because of the stylishness with which they were all made but because, of course, Peter Lorre is so ingratiating in a role tailor-made for him. He is just excellent in the part and it is a pity there were only eight entries in this charming series. As for MR MOTO TAKES A VACATION, I can recommend it quite highly.

Like others I will offer the one caveat: the rather irritating "comic relief" character. Hollywood had such marvelous actors available to play the typical "silly-ass" Englishman that it is a wonder why they allowed this gentleman to take the role and to overplay it so gratingly. The writing here could have been tightened up a bit, and the reliable Norman Foster could have toned him down a few pegs.

But much of this is balanced by other delights in the film, starting with dear, old Willie Best in a wonderfully funny (and beautifully directed) cameo. Bob Hope called Best one of the best actors he'd ever worked with. It's easy to see why here. He is as lovable as everyone's favorite bumbling Uncle, a sort of compendium of both Laurel and Hardy. Also distinguishing its interesting cast is the great Joesph Schildkraut, an actor incapable of giving a bad performance. He was one of the masters of his profession.

Charming, fun, and magnificently photographed in rich, lustrous black and white, I really don't think you could go wrong with this one.


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