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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





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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 »


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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Poor Spoof Without Laughs
1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Lost in Limehouse (1933)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

This two-reel short probably isn't going to be known by many but it's yet another spoof of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson who were clearly very popular long before Basil Rathbone came along. In the film, the daughter of a rich family is kidnapped by an evil Chinese gangster so Sheerluck Jones and Dr. Hotson are called in to track her down. That's pretty much all there is to the story but they could have had Shakespeare do a re-write and it's doubtful too much would have been accomplished. This is a pretty bland and boring film from start to finish and sadly there's not too much talent involved to make any of the humor work. The majority of the humor comes from sending up various serials including FuManchu as the Chinese man is clearly modeled after him. Much of the humor has him doing silly laughs or going over-the-top when it comes time to kill the girl he's holding captive. We get long scenes full of dialogue yet it pretty much goes into one ear and out the other as none of it really caught my attention and I couldn't repeat a single line of it to you. Another problem is that it appears most of the actors were either not in on the joke or perhaps they too realized the story wasn't that good and they simply didn't try. Olaf Hytten plays Sheerluck without much luck in finding a performance. Many of the supporting players are all over the map so the lack of direction is also quite apparent.

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