Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
|Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation|
|Directed by||Norman Foster|
|Produced by||Sol M. Wurtzel|
|Written by||Philip MacDonald
|Based on||Based on the character created by John P. Marquand|
|Music by||Samuel Kaylin|
|Cinematography||Charles G. Clarke|
|Edited by||Norman Colbert|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Mr Moto Takes A Vacation (1939) is a Norman Foster-directed entry in the Mr. Moto film series, with Lionel Atwill and Joseph Schildkraut and George Huntley, as Archie Featherstone, in supporting roles. This was the last Mr. Moto film that Peter Lorre appeared in.
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American archeologist Howard Stevens (John 'Dusty' King) recovers the ancient crown of the Queen of Sheba; the priceless artifact is shipped to the San Francisco Museum. Ostensibly on vacation, Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) shows up to guard the crown from a notorious master thief, whom everyone assumes is dead. Using a variety of disguises, the very-much-alive thief succeeds in pilfering the crown-only to discover that Moto has remained three steps ahead of him throughout the film.
- Peter Lorre as Mr. Moto
- Joseph Schildkraut as Hendrik Manderson
- Lionel Atwill as Professor Hildebrand
- Virginia Field as Eleanore Kirke
- John 'Dusty' King as Howard Stevens (as John King)
- Iva Stewart as Susan French
- G. P. Huntley as Archie Featherstone
- Victor Varconi as Paul Borodoff
- John Bleifer as Wendling
- Honorable Wu as Wong
- Morgan Wallace as David Perez
- Anthony Warde as Joe Rubla
- Harry Strang as O'Hara, Museum Guard
- John Davidson as Prince Suleid
- unbilled players include Jimmy Aubrey, Willie Best, Stanley Blystone, Gino Corrado, Ralph Dunn, Hank Mann, and Cyril Ring
Iva Stewart, a member of Fox's stock company, was given her first dramatic lead in the film. Lionel Atwill made the movie as the first in a four picture deal with Fox.
Home Video Release
This film, along with Mr. Moto in Danger Island, Mr. Moto's Gamble, Mr. Moto's Last Warning and (as a DVD extra) The Return of Mr. Moto, was released on DVD in 2007 by 20th Century Fox as part of The Mr. Moto Collection, Volume Two.
- Think Fast, Mr. Moto
- Thank You, Mr. Moto
- Mr. Moto's Gamble
- Mr. Moto Takes a Chance
- Mysterious Mr. Moto
- Mr. Moto's Last Warning
- Mr. Moto in Danger Island
- The Return of Mr. Moto
- Of Local Origin New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 June 1939: 17.
- Errol Flynn to Essay Up-to-Date Hero Next: Chan World Traveler "Saint" Set to Strike Odlum Opus Optioned Boles Pact on Fire Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 July 1938: A15.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: David Niven Is Third Player to Be Dropped From Cast of 'Lady and the Cowboy' Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Aug 1938: 19.
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