Romance and comedy are well interwoven as Moto (Peter Lorre) solves a ring murder. Okay action, and the story is atmosphered with the usual fight game addicts, cops, gamblers, bookies and trainers, besides women. Lynn Bari and Jayne Regan divide the s.a. assignment.

Romance and comedy are well interwoven as Moto (Peter Lorre) solves a ring murder. Okay action, and the story is atmosphered with the usual fight game addicts, cops, gamblers, bookies and trainers, besides women. Lynn Bari and Jayne Regan divide the s.a. assignment.

Moto runs a school for sleuths. While attending a fight, one of the ring contestants is killed in action. Moto’s chief assistants are his two unwittingly funny pupils, Wellington (Maxie Rosenbloom), and Lee Chan, son of Charlie Chan (Keye Luke). Rosenbloom as a dimwit trying to learn to be a cop surprises with the quality of his buffonery. Dialog is okay and Keye Luke adds to the screwball comicalities.

Peter Lorre is beginning to look more at ease in the role of Moto [in the third of the series]. Bari is the newspaper gal heroine, but Regan also angles for the hero.

Mr. Moto's Gamble

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director James Tinling; Producer John Stone (exec.); Screenplay Charles Belden, Jerry Cady; Camera Lucien Andriot

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 71 MIN.

With

Peter Lorre Keye Luke Dick Baldwin Lynn Bari Douglas Fowley Jayne Regan
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