Lost in Limehouse (1933)

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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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9 November 2003 | mgmax
Funny parody of Victorian melodramas
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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