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Mr. Moto's Gamble is a 1938 mystery directed by James Tinling. It is based on the Mr. Moto series of novels by author John P. Marquand. Before a professional boxing match between prizefighters Frankie Stanton (Russ Clark) and Bill Steele (Dick Baldwin), gangster Nick Crowder (Douglas Fowley) makes a $10,000 bet that Steele will win. During the fight, Steele knocks out Stanton, who then dies suddenly in the ring. Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre), a renowned criminology professor who is watching the match, inspects the scene and discovers that Stanton has been poisoned. When police discover the poison on Steele's boxing gloves, they arrest him for the charge of murder. However, Mr. Moto is convinced that somebody else is the true culprit. With help from his student Lee Chan (Keye Luke) and his friend Lieutenant Riggs (Harold Huber), Mr. Moto tries to uncover the mystery behind Stanton's death and to clear Steele's name.