MR. MOTO’S GAMBLE has famous detective Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) entering the world of pugilism when a prizefighter dies in the middle of a fight. Althou...more
MR. MOTO’S GAMBLE has famous detective Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) entering the world of pugilism when a prizefighter dies in the middle of a fight. Although onlookers at first believe that the fighter was felled by the strain of the match itself, evidence leads Mr. Moto to believe that it was actually poison that killed him. What Mr. Moto uncovers, beyond the fact that the fighter was indeed a victim of murder, is an illegal gambling racket. Mr. Moto’s sidekick in this film is Lee Chan (Keye Luke), who is known from the Charlie Chan series of films as Chan’s lively, Americanized “number one son”. Interestingly, before being transformed into one of the most enjoyable films of the Mr. Moto series, MR. MOTO'S GAMBLE was originally titled Charlie Chan at Ringside. It was changed after Warner Oland, the star of the Charlie Chan films, became very ill and died during the making of the film. The movie was then refashioned as a vehicle for up-and-coming “Asian” detective Mr. Moto, in order to utilize the existing footage.
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