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Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 7 April 1938 (USA)
When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder.

Director:

James Tinling

Writers:

Charles Belden (original screenplay), Jerome Cady (original screenplay) (as Jerry Cady) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Dick Baldwin ... Bill Steele
Lynn Bari ... Penny Kendall
Douglas Fowley ... Nick Crowder
Jayne Regan ... Linda Benton
Harold Huber ... Lieutenant Riggs
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Wellington
John Hamilton ... Philip Benton
George E. Stone ... Connors
Bernard Nedell ... Clipper McCoy
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Gabby Marden
Ward Bond ... Biff Moran
Cliff Clark ... McGuire
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Sammy (as Edward Marr)
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Storyline

Bad blood exists between Bill Steele and Frankie Stanton, the leading contenders for the heavyweight title, and a grudge match is scheduled. Steele's knockout victory is tainted by his opponent's untimely death, ostensibly from a concussion caused by hitting the canvas. A post-mortem reveals that poison was somehow introduced into a cut above Stanton's eye although it is unclear how and why. Gambling might seem to be the motive as several of the principle suspects, gamblers Clipper McCoy and Nick Crowder, Stanton's shady manager Jerry Connors, and fight promoter Philip Benton, all seemed to have made wagers on the fight. Benton's spoiled daughter and female reporter Penny Kendall are vying for the affections of Steele, who is now slated to fight for the championship against pugnacious Biff Moran. Lt. Riggs of New York Homicide and Moto, who were spectators at the fight, go on the trail of the murderer following the autopsy results. Moto's prime suspect is a shadowy character named ... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Moto's Diary See more »

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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

The only non-Chan film to feature Keye Luke's "Lee Chan" character, and the last at Fox. Luke would play Lee twice more, in Monogram's final two Chans, The Feathered Serpent (1948) and The Sky Dragon (1949). See more »

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Lee and Knockout are in jail without being searched. If they had been, the water pistol would have been found and with that, a quicker solution to the murder. See more »

Quotes

Kentaro Moto: To recognize one's faults requires intelligence; to admit them requires courage.
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Followed by Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939) See more »

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A Chan meets a Moto...
1 September 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

Pretty interesting meeting of icons, as it were, I kinda liked this one actually. Keye Luke was always a fave of mine, and putting Moto into the Palooka Joe milieu actually added something to the series mix I think. It's not as good's the first two in the run, but not bad-and you do get to see Ward Bond doing his Tough Guy thing early on too.

**1/2 outta ****


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