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Limehouse Blues (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 December 1934 (USA)
Fresh from Chinatown in New York, Harry Young has taken over the illegal import business in the seamy Limehouse district of London, where he cold-bloodedly disposes of rivals and runs a ... See full summary »

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Alexander Hall
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Raft ... Harry Young
Jean Parker ... Toni
Anna May Wong ... Tu Tuan
Kent Taylor ... Eric Benton
Montagu Love ... Pug Talbot
Billy Bevan ... Herb (as Billy Bevin)
John Rogers John Rogers ... Smokey
Robert Loraine Robert Loraine ... Inspector Sheridan
E. Alyn Warren ... Ching Lee
Wyndham Standing ... Assistant Commissioner Kenyon
Louis Vincenot Louis Vincenot ... Rhama
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Fresh from Chinatown in New York, Harry Young has taken over the illegal import business in the seamy Limehouse district of London, where he cold-bloodedly disposes of rivals and runs a smoky nightclub. He falls for a low-class, white pickpocket, diminishing his pride in the Chinese half of his heritage and sparking the jealousy of the nightclub's moody star performer. Written by anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

East End Chant See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Harry Young: [praying] In thee, master, may I find greater wisdom, greater strength, and greater courage...
Tu Tuan: And greater love.
Harry Young: And greater love.
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Limehouse Nights
Written by Sam Coslow
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Paramount got it half right
21 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Casting George Raft as a Chinese gangster was a 50% success for Paramount Pictures. They got the gangster half, right in Limehouse Blues.

The famous English blues ballad Limehouse Blues permeates the score and serves as a background for the story. Raft plays Harry Young a person of mixed race origins who comes from New York to London to oversee his import, read that as smuggling business. He's also quite ruthless in disposing of rivals like Montagu Love who's a brutish thug who ran things on the waterfront until Raft got there.

Love also has a daughter played by Jean Parker whom he beats on a regular basis and Raft kind of likes her which displeases his Oriental mistress Anna May Wong the only genuine Oriental person in the cast. She's not about to be cast aside no matter what.

30 years later the film would have been cast with someone like James Shigeta or Toshiro Mifune in the lead. Even now it could be done with someone like Lou Diamond Phillips or Russell Wong in the lead. Try as he might George Raft just does not come over as Oriental. And on that the film barely hits average.

I hope I gave someone producer some casting ideas.


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