Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

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.

This, the last of the eight Mr. Moto films, is the sort of film that is entertaining if approached in the right mood. It's fast moving, full of exotic locations and has a distinct flavor of film noir about it; most scenes take place either at night or in the
rain and are full or characters in dripping, wet-soaked overcoats. The narrow streets of old Chinatown look good — they may have been recycled from another production.
Atwill is third-billed and gives an enthusiastic performance as Professor Hildebrand, the curator of a museum that houses the crown of the Queen of Sheba. Although not a major role, Hildebrand is a still a prominent character.
What is good about the part is that Atwill is given a wonderful opportunity to relinquish his sinister persona and showcase his talent for light comedy. Professor Hildebrand is an excitable, blustering character, all of whose security devices go
wrong at the worst moments. He is first discovered in his office perusing a selection of neckties and is
berated by Joseph Schildkraut for wasting time. "There's no harm in a man trying to look his best," offers Atwill. "It won't do any good in your case," suggests Schildkraut sarcastically.
Giving a grand speech to a large audience, the professor looks to his left and sees a uniformed security' guard yawning, prompting a classic double take from the abashed and wade-eyed Atwill. He is full of fluster and bluster as he
demonstrates the museum's security devices — only to find that none of them work. When an alarm finally docs go off, he flails about like a startled chicken, his monocle flying around on its chord.
At the climax, Peter Lorre and Joseph Schildkraut fight it out in the museum, knocking into various exhibits. "My antiquities! My mummies!" squeals the horrified Atwill.
"My goodness!" cries out another character.
Source: Lionel Atwill: The Exquisite Villain
By Neil Pettigrew

director

Norman Foster

cast

Peter Lorre ... Mr. Moto
Joseph Schildkraut ... Hendrik Manderson
Lionel Atwill ... Professor Hildebrand
Virginia Field ... Eleanor Kirke
John 'Dusty' King ... Howard Stevens
Iva Stewart ... Susan French

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Movie releases (1)

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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
20th Century Fox / Twentieth Century Fox (usa)

Movie details

Runtime

65 min.

imdb id

tt0031676

genres

action crime drama mystery thriller

spoken languages

english

Age restrictions

finland: K-16 uk: U usa: Approved

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Age restrictions

canada: PG finland: K-16 japan: PG-12 norway: 9 philippines: PG-13 singapore: PG sweden: 15 uk: U usa: Approved

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production companies

Twentieth Century Fox

aka(s)

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation , Mr. Moto em Férias , Farvel, Mr. Moto , Mr. Moto pitää lomaa , Mr. Moto szabadságon , Mr. Moto en vacaciones , As Férias de Mr. Moto , Mr Moto i dödsfällan , Mr. Moto und sein Lockvogel , Mr Moto Takes a Vacation

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director:

producers:

Sol M. Wurtzel producer uncredited

writers:

Philip MacDonald original screenplay and
Norman Foster original screenplay
John P. Marquand character

composers:

Samuel Kaylin uncredited uncredited

cast:

Peter Lorre Mr. Moto
Joseph Schildkraut Hendrik Manderson
Lionel Atwill Professor Hildebrand
Virginia Field Eleanor Kirke
John 'Dusty' King Howard Stevens
Iva Stewart Susan French
G.P. Huntley Archie Featherstone
Victor Varconi Paul Borodoff
John Bleifer Wendling
Morgan Wallace David Perez
Anthony Warde Joe Rubla
Harry Strang O'Hara
John Davidson Prince Suleid
Eddie Abdo Arabian Officer
Carol Adams Minor Role
Brooks Benedict Gangster
Willie Best Driver
Stanley Blystone Ship's Captain
Suey Chan Guard
George Chandler Cameraman
Jack Rube Clifford Sergeant on Motorcycle
Chick Collins Driver of Armored Car
James Conaty Ship Passenger
Gino Corrado Museum Exhibit Attendee
Lester Dorr Reporter
Ralph Dunn Police Guard
Jack Gargan Museum Exhibit Attendee
Dick Gordon Ship Passenger
William Gould Police Captain
Bobbie Hale Steward
Sam Harris Professor
Sam Hayes Radio Announcer
Leyland Hodgson Ship's Waiter
Sydney Jarvis Museum Exhibit Attendee
Isabel La Mal Matronly Woman
Hank Mann Minor Role
Eric Mayne Museum Exhibit Attendee
Bert Moorhouse Reporter
Sol Murgi Ship Passenger
David Newell Museum Exhibit Attendee
Tom O'Grady Husband
Pat O'Malley Police Guard
Lee Phelps Police Guard
Cyril Ring Museum Exhibit Attendee
Count Stefenelli Museum Exhibit Attendee
Jay Ward Benny - the Bellhop
Eric Wilton Archaeology Professor
Robert Winkler Boy on Ship
Beal Wong Chinese Restaurant Patron
Iris Wong Waitress
Jadin Wong Dancer
Victor Wong Restaurant Proprietor
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