GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery Story byJohn P. Marquand CountryUnited States
Release dateJune 1939 Based onBased on the character created by John P. Marquand WriterPhilip MacDonald (original screenplay), Norman Foster (original screenplay), John P. Marquand (character) CastPeter Lorre (Mr. Moto), Joseph Schildkraut (Hendrik Manderson), Lionel Atwill (Professor Roger Chauncey Hilderbrand), Virginia Field (Eleanore Kirke), John 'Dusty' King (Howard Stevens), Iva Stewart (Susan French) Similar moviesThe Final Alliance, Rhino, Surviving Evil, Code Name: Vengeance, Snake Island, Mysterious Intruder
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.
The movie was the seventh filmed in the series. However it was not released until after Mr. Moto in Danger Island, out of nine Mr. Moto series from 20th Century Fox.
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.