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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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1.37 : 1
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The complete title is "Lost in Limehouse or Lady Esmerelda's Predicament" See more »


The ropes tying up Lady Esmerelda are very loose and obviously not constraining her. See more »


Sheerluck Jones: There's a body on the floor.
Harold Heartright: How can you tell?
Sheerluck Jones: I'm sttanding on it.
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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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Funny parody of Victorian melodramas
9 November 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Though not as madcap and anarchic as the Mark Sandrich-directed Masquers short (Thru Thin and Thicket) I saw at the same Cinesation, this is a pretty good sendup of Victorian melodramas, an easy target (and an easy one to make unfunny). Sheerluck Jones and Hotson are among the characters who try to rescue a young woman from the clutches of a villain who has hidden her in Limehouse (that is, Chinatown). Interestingly, it anticipates one of Bob and Ray's running gags, characters introducing themselves the way a narrator would (ie, "I am young Robert Smythe, the Village Blacksmith secretly in love with Miss Esmerelda").

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