Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
Directed by Norman Foster
Produced by Sol M. Wurtzel
Written by Philip MacDonald
Norman Foster
Based on Based on the character created by John P. Marquand
Starring Peter Lorre
Lionel Atwill
Music by Samuel Kaylin
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Edited by Norman Colbert
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
June 1939[1]
Running time
65 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 did.[2]

The movie was the seventh filmed in the series.[3] However it was not released until after Mr. Moto in Danger Island, out of nine Mr. Moto series from 20th Century Fox.

Plot summary

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.[4]



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.[5]

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.

See also


  1. Of Local Origin New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 June 1939: 17.
  3. Errol Flynn to Essay Up-to-Date Hero Next: Chan World Traveler "Saint" Set to Strike Odlum Opus Optioned Boles Pact on Fire Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 July 1938: A15.
  5. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: David Niven Is Third Player to Be Dropped From Cast of 'Lady and the Cowboy' Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Aug 1938: 19.
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