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  • Actors: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudon, Robert Keat
  • Directors: Norman Foster
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V3MYSA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Peter Lorre's world-famous detective, Mr. Moto. strikes again in his fourth spine-tingling adventure! Brimming with suspense and bursting with explosive effects. Mr. Moto Takes A Chance is packed with enough trapdoors, poison air guns, hidden passages, machine guns, carrier pigeons, bolo knives and ...jungle beasts (Variety) to keep you glued to your seat till the credits roll! On a mission to unmask the leader of a military uprising in Tong Moi. Mr. Moto finds himself deep in the darkest jungles of Asia posing as an archaeologist. But when his excavation of a local temple unearths a massive cache of weapons and explosives. Mr. Moto is compelled to join forces with a beautiful but mysterious adventurer whose interest in Tong Moi may not be as innocent as it seems...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thbrookes on 24 April 2013
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The Plots are Simple and i like these kind of films they bring back many happy memories of when life was muck more simple
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2012
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Created by author John P. Marquand as a replacement for Charlie Chan in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post after the death of author Earl Derr Biggers, Mr. Moto's screen incarnations have suffered a similar fate to that of his honorable predecessor, rarely revived on television because of worries over political correctness - though as with Chan, Moto is always way ahead of the white characters.

The second Moto film to be made but the fourth to be released - even though it's set in 1937, it wasn't released until 1938 - Mr. Moto Takes a Chance isn't nearly as strong as Thank You, Mr. Moto thanks to a bit too much comic relief and a fairly so-so plot involving revolting natives near Ankor Watt, Rochelle Hudson's downed aviatrix, a pair of newsreel cameramen and Edward J. Bromberg's comic rajah. As usual we find Moto already in situ, posing as an archaeologist but with the usual ulterior motive and disguises (in this case hobbled by some less than convincing old age makeup). The ruthlessness is still very much in place: where in later entries Moto became a little more concerned with saving the lives of the supporting characters, here he has no qualms about covering up evidence that will free two wrongly accused men or luring them into harm's way if it will serve his purposes. They may ultimately be benign, but his methods are often callously expedient: it's not just his looks that cause one character to say "If I was casting a horror picture, I'd have him play the murderer." It's not one of the best of the series' entries, but it's still a decent entertainment.
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By karponski tweaker on 31 Oct. 2014
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these films in the mr moto series are great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This one may be just a programmer, but Peter Lorre as Kentaro Moto makes it interesting 6 Mar. 2008
By C. O. DeRiemer - Published on
"I find it very wise not to interfere with the customs of other people," says Kentaro Moto, export dealer, hand-to-hand combat specialist, expert with disguises and, in Mr. Moto Takes a Chance, a spy for the French in Indochina. Since the French were quite used to interfering in the customs of the peoples they lorded it over in Indochina and elsewhere, what a let-down with this movie, in more ways than one. After the great start of the series with Think Fast, Mr. Moto and Thank You, Mr. Moto, this third in the outing sticks us back firmly in the low budget, do-what-it-takes, quickie category of programmers. Take away Peter Lorre as Moto and we'd have a tired jungle drama of nefarious natives, banana plants and the occasional crocodile. The only real mystery is how Mr. Moto keeps his white suit so clean in the jungle.

The plot involves a plot, of course, and this one is by Bokor, high priest in the royal village of Tong Moi, not too far from Angkor Wat. He wants to do some overthrowing which will involve the Raja Ali, a seemingly jolly, chubby man who delights in his wives so much that he plans to add Vicki Mason, aviatrix and adventuress who had to bail out of her plane, to the roll call. We realize that the Raja may have more on his mind than Vicki as he goes about shooting down the carrier pigeons that an archeologist is sending out. The archeologist, of course, is Mr. Moto. It's not long before we encounter a wizened holy man almost as ancient, it seems, as a particular temple in the jungle. I won't even hint as to who the holy man really is. We also encounter a couple of newsreel free-lancers in a dugout, a cobra in a basket, a poison dart in a beautiful back, a cameraman in a tiger pit and a lot of munitions hidden in that temple. We begin to suspect that there is another spy working for the French. The Hollywood solution, naturally, involves a good deal of gunplay and the casual blowing-up of a great, hundreds-of-years-old, vine-encrusted temple. One assumes that the French, when they learn about this from Mr. Moto, will consider the destruction regrettable. Hollywood, however, can at times be prescient, however inadvertently. Snarls one major character, "We will not rest until we drive every foreigner from Asia!" At the time, that probably seemed unlikely and terribly unfair to all those foreigners.

Lorre brings to Kentaro Moto his typical amusing mixture of lethal bonhomie and polite death-dealing, unencumbered, it seems, by any regrets. The other actors, however, are a gaggle of B players with one exception. J. Edward Bromberg plays the Raja. He was always a reliable actor and a good one. At the end of the Forties he found himself blacklisted because he refused to testify before a Congressional committee if he'd ever been a Communist. He had the quaint notion that in America a person's political beliefs are nobody's business but his own. The film jobs instantly vanished. He was married with a wife and three young kids to support. In 1950 he finally left for London, hoping to get a new start there. People who knew him said he was under a great deal of stress and had aged noticeably. He died within the year of a heart attack. He was 48. To end on a more pleasant note I'll need to mention Chick Chandler, an energetic light-comedy actor who plays the cameraman, Chick Davis. He looks just like a cross between Joe E. Brown and George W. Bush.

The DVD transfer is clean and clear. The extra is a brief but interesting look at Lorre's life and career. The movie is part of the four-movie set The Mr. Moto Collection - Volume One. The four individual DVDs cannot be bought separately, at least not yet, unless one goes to an individual seller who has broken down the set. Mr. Moto Takes a Chance is not worth buying individually. As part of the set it's worth a view.
Intrigue in Cambodia 7 Aug. 2013
By Acute Observer - Published on
Mr. Moto Takes A Chance, 1938 film

Mr. Moto is again undercover, this time in Cambodia to investigate a plot for revolution. Cambodia was then part of French Indo-China. Two photographers were taken to a temple hidden in the jungle, but escaped due to an old traveler. [Recognize him?] They are asked to take pictures of that temple for Mr. Moto. Is his interest strictly archaeology? The photographers see skeletons in that well. A poison dart strikes the sun helmet of one photographer. An old man offers advice, and plans to eliminate Mr. Moto. This guru enters a hidden basement. Another man tries to attack him but fails! [A stunt double?] There are cans of gunpowder stored there. Can a carrier pigeon deliver a message? Not if it is shot down. There are dancing girls for entertainment. One man performs magic tricks. Will something go wrong? Maybe.

Will the ruler take a new wife for his harem? A meal of squab is given to Mr. Moto. There is a plan to eliminate Mr. Moto, but it fails. Bokor enters Moto's room, only to leave when Vicky enters. She looks at that map, then escapes with it. But she is captured and questioned by that guru. Is that a signal fire? A boat lands with men and supplies. The Captain gets his pay-off. Vicky blurts out a name! There is action when Bokor gets away and blames the Captain's death on the others. There is shooting. The extra ammunition is the wrong size. The ruler shows up with his troops to eliminate the survivors. But the good guys escape with Mr. Moto's help.

Most people knew little of Cambodia before the 1950s. There is a lost city in the jungles there. The nationality of Mr. Moto created a problem in December 1941. It would've been better to make him a Hawaiian, like Charlie Chan.
Mr. Moto and the Temple of Doom 13 Oct. 2008
By Zack Davisson - Published on
Although the fourth film in the series, "Mr. Moto Takes a Chance" is the third DVD in the Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 1, and so is the third Mr. Moto flick that I have seen. While still enjoyable, it is a noticeable drop in quality from the previous films Think Fast Mr. Moto and Thank You Mr. Moto.

Instead of the Oriental flavor that adds spice and mystery to the first two films, "Mr Moto Takes a Chance" has our favorite Japanese detective thrust into the Jungle Adventure genre popular at the time. The intrigue here involves a native tribal chief who is bartering for weapons so that he can "drive every foreigner from Asia!" Of course, this being the time of New Imperialism and "French Indochina", he is the villain of the piece rather than a sympathetic character who sees his land and culture being stolen, but one must do one's best to always set aside modern politics when watching the classics. At least you have to try.

Peter Lorre gets to show off his acting chops instead of his Judo chops here a bit more, as they play up Mr. Moto's "master of disguise" aspect more than his fighting ability. Of course, with that voice and eyes it is hard to disguise him under any amount of make-up, but he still does a good job. Quite a lot of the flick has Lorre as a disguised character, and we don't see much of Moto until the slam-bang finish where he brings the house down. Literally. All of the tropes are here, including the silly Rajah who wants to marry the beautiful blonde girl, and the dashing hero who sails off into the sunset. These are all the elements that make up Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and it is here in the Jungle Adventure genre that they first appeared.

It becomes pretty clear that Mr. Moto is a character served best by wandering the smokey back-alleys of Shanghai than traipsing around in a pith helmet in the jungle. It just doesn't make much sense to have him there, and he wanton destruction of ancient architecture for no good reason didn't ring true, given the respect that Mr. Moto has shown to antiquities in his previous outings. Because of Lorre's abilities, it is still a film worth watching, but I hope that the next Mr. Moto film I see returns him to his proper setting.
a Weapons Stash has Moto on the CASE~4 STARS~ 25 Aug. 2014
By Molly - Published on
PLOT: Moto as an archeologist DIGS up a Weapons CACHE.

the county of Tong Moi ( THIS IS A FICTIOUS COUNTRY SO THE RAJAH AND THE FRENCH MAKE NO is under French Protection but someone is supplying the local natives WEAPONS to over throw the country. Moto is busy digging and finds the Weapons CACHE in a temple. WHEN the phony local holy man is league to over throw the Rajah and dispose of the FRENCH at the same time. Moto at this best using several excellent disguises. ADD several American camera men getting news reels of film and add one beautiful (ROCHELLE HUDSON) as a lady flyer who bails of her burning plane captures the eye of the Rajah who would like her for his next wife All team together to thwart the plan. the SETS are CHEESY but the plot is very good and holds the attention. much better than I expected.
It's fun to watch 4 Dec. 2014
By Rick Michaelsen - Published on
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I'm a Moto fan and a Peter Lorre fan so I had to pick this up, It's fun to watch.
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