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The Limejuice Mystery or Who Spat in Grandfather's Porridge? (1930)

 -  Animation | Comedy | Mystery  -  1930 (UK)
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In this parody of Sherlock Holmes, the Great Detective goes to an opium den of inequity in the dangerous London district of London and challenges Tong assassins in order to rescue a woman.

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In this parody of Sherlock Holmes, the Great Detective goes to an opium den of inequity in the dangerous London district of London and challenges Tong assassins in order to rescue a woman.

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Weird Sherlock Holmes Parody
27 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This British short is historically interesting but not very funny as I assume it was meant to be. It's a marionette production mostly taking place in an opium den in Limehouse's Chinatown. There is also a street scene and a scene in Herlock Sholmes flat. In the street scene we clearly see a sign saying "Dr. Black's Pink Pills," which is a possible reference to the very popular patent medicine "Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People." I took the marionette Anna Went Wrong as a tribute to the international popularity of the Chinese American actress Anna May Wong. Wong was in the 1933 film 'A Study in Scarlet' with Reginald Owen as Sherlock Holmes. The short is a parody of Sherlock Holmes and also reflects the popularity of 'Yellow Peril' stories such as Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu series. As someone who as a child was an avid at home member of the Howdy Doody (surely the most famous American marionette) peanut gallery, I have a fondness for marionettes. In this short, the marionette manipulation is uneven, sometimes good but sometimes a bit sloppy. Marionette shows and Sherlock Holmes were popular at this time (and Holmes still is) so the audience then might have found this short entertaining. But today, not so much. But Sherlock Holmes fans and marionette enthusiasts will want to see this odd little short.


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