Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

65 mins | Drama | 7 July 1939

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HISTORY

DV credits David Hall as assistant director, but his name does not appear in other sources, and the onscreen credits list Jasper Blystone in that capacity. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation was the last in the "Mr. Moto" series. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Think Fast, Mr. Moto ... More Less

DV credits David Hall as assistant director, but his name does not appear in other sources, and the onscreen credits list Jasper Blystone in that capacity. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation was the last in the "Mr. Moto" series. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Think Fast, Mr. Moto . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Nov 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Jul 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 38
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Nov 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Nov 38
p. 44.
New York Times
19 Jun 39
p. 12.
Variety
16 Nov 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by John P. Marquand.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
7 July 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 19 June 1939
Production Date:
late August--late September 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 July 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8966
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,632
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4649
SYNOPSIS

Hoping to unmask the psychotic jewel thief known as Metaxa, detective Mr. Moto follows archaeologist Howard Stevens, who has just discovered the crown of the Queen of Sheba, on his voyage home from Egypt to San Francisco. Moto's cover as a Japanese tourist is blown when he meets his old friend, amateur detective Archie Featherstone, whom he introduces to the Stevens and fellow passenger, Eleanor Kirke. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, jewel thieves Joe Rubla and David Perez make plans to steal the crown, but decide that they must also eliminate Moto. Upon docking in San Francisco, Stevens is met by Hendrik Manderson, the philanthropist who has financed the expedition, and Fremont museum curator Professor Hildebrand and his secretary, Susan French. As Wendling, a member of Perez' gang, follows Moto in a cab, Joe tries to steal the armored car in which the jewels are housed, but he is foiled by the police and Archie, then escapes. The next day, the crowd reconvenes at the museum for the unveiling of the crown. Archie, who has witnessed the armored car robbery, is trailed by Perez, who deliberately breaks Archie's camera in order to lure him into a death trap later that night. Back at his hotel, Moto receives an urgent call from Manderson's servant Wong, who asks the detective to meet him at a Chinatown restaurant called the Laughing Buddha. When Moto arrives at the restaurant, however, he discovers that Wong has been murdered. Archie, who is also in Chinatown, tells Moto of his plan to meet Perez later that night, but Moto, recognizing the meeting as a set-up, convinces him not to ... +


Hoping to unmask the psychotic jewel thief known as Metaxa, detective Mr. Moto follows archaeologist Howard Stevens, who has just discovered the crown of the Queen of Sheba, on his voyage home from Egypt to San Francisco. Moto's cover as a Japanese tourist is blown when he meets his old friend, amateur detective Archie Featherstone, whom he introduces to the Stevens and fellow passenger, Eleanor Kirke. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, jewel thieves Joe Rubla and David Perez make plans to steal the crown, but decide that they must also eliminate Moto. Upon docking in San Francisco, Stevens is met by Hendrik Manderson, the philanthropist who has financed the expedition, and Fremont museum curator Professor Hildebrand and his secretary, Susan French. As Wendling, a member of Perez' gang, follows Moto in a cab, Joe tries to steal the armored car in which the jewels are housed, but he is foiled by the police and Archie, then escapes. The next day, the crowd reconvenes at the museum for the unveiling of the crown. Archie, who has witnessed the armored car robbery, is trailed by Perez, who deliberately breaks Archie's camera in order to lure him into a death trap later that night. Back at his hotel, Moto receives an urgent call from Manderson's servant Wong, who asks the detective to meet him at a Chinatown restaurant called the Laughing Buddha. When Moto arrives at the restaurant, however, he discovers that Wong has been murdered. Archie, who is also in Chinatown, tells Moto of his plan to meet Perez later that night, but Moto, recognizing the meeting as a set-up, convinces him not to go. Instead, the pair drive to the museum, where they find Hildebrand and Manderson playing chess and the phone and alarm dead. Paul Borodoff, the insurance company investigator, then appears and tries to steal the crown for himself, but he is stopped by Mr. Moto who announces that Metaxa is in the room. Just after Moto accuses Hildebrand of being Metaxa, Rubla tries to steal the jewels, but he is arrested by the police. Moto then unmasks Manderson as the real Metaxa when he attempts to steal the crown. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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