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Lost in Limehouse (1933)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  7 April 1933 (USA)
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A slapstick burlesque of 19th Century Victorian melodrama featuring a parody of Holmes and Watson who rescue a heroine held by a mustache-twirling villain in a den of caricatured Chinese gangsters.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Esmerelda
Walter Byron ...
Harold Heartright
John Sheehan ...
Sir Marmaduke Rakes
Olaf Hytten ...
Sheerluck Jones
Charles McNaughton ...
William Burress ...
Hop Tup
Maurice Black ...
Hoo Flung
Stuart Holmes ...
Ah Tee
Richard Carle ...
The Earl
Ivan F. Simpson ...
The Duke of Dunkwell
Helen Bolton ...
Duchess of Cornwell
Nola Dolberg ...
Diana (as Nola Luxford)
Crauford Kent ...
John Beck ...
Undetermined role
Rexford Burnett ...
Undetermined role


In this satiric burlesque of Sherlock Holmes, Lady Esmerelda, the beautiful daughter of an aristocratic family, is kidnapped by a Tong gang and held in Limehouse, the Chinese ghetto in London. Famed detective Sheerluck Jones and her fiancé, Harold Heartright, disguise themselves and set out to rescue her. Written by

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Short | Comedy





Release Date:

7 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lost in Limehouse or Lady Esmeralda's Predicament  »

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The complete title is "Lost in Limehouse or Lady Esmerelda's Predicament" See more »


The choir singing carols, consists of four men, yet the dubbed rendition of "Good King Wenceslas" they are singing contains female voices. See more »


Effingwell: Pardon,Your Grace, shall I lock up the joint?
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Good King Wenceslas
Music by Thomas Helmore
Lyrics by John Mason Neale (1853)
Sung by quartet of carolers.
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Absolutely hilarious
23 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Lost in Limehouse or Lady Esmeralda's Predictament' is one of the funniest shorts I have ever seen. It not only is a magnificent parody of Sherlock Holmes but also wonderfully spoofs the British upper class, stage and silent film melodramas, and tales featuring evil Chinese with tong wars and hatchet men. Lady Esmeralda, the daughter of the Duke of Dunkwell, is being held captive by the cad Sir Marmaduke Rakes in a Chinese den of inequity in Limehouse. But never fear, the humble Harold Heartright, Sheerluck Jones and Hotson will save her. Clearly Sheerluck has amazing deductive skills. With great solemnity he relates to Hotson a recent case where "It was then I realized my dear Hotson that the victim was dead." "How did you deduce that?" "His head was missing." The visual and verbal gags abound. The actors did a wonderful job and clearly enjoyed all the wackiness. It was a bit odd seeing the popular silent actress Laura LaPlante (The Cat and the Canary and A Church Mouse being two of her better known movies) in such a short. This is the only British short I have ever seen and it makes me want to see more. It was great.

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