Limehouse Blues

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

George Raft plays a half-Chinese (!) New York gangster who arrives in London's Limehouse district and quickly becomes the area's top smuggler. There, he falls for Parker, a tart whose feelings for him are more of gratitude than passion. While Raft attempts to transcend racial barriers, his regular mistress, Wong, hears about his new affair and is more than...read more

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George Raft plays a half-Chinese (!) New York gangster who arrives in London's Limehouse district and quickly becomes the area's top smuggler. There, he falls for Parker, a tart whose feelings for him are more of gratitude than passion. While Raft attempts to transcend racial barriers, his

regular mistress, Wong, hears about his new affair and is more than annoyed. When Raft learns that Parker loves Taylor, owner of a pet store, he too is annoyed. Wong takes revenge by telling Scotland Yardsman Lorraine about Raft's illegal business, then commits suicide. Raft plans Taylor's murder

but is picked up by the cops before his men can perform the deed. Raft braves a hail of bullets to get to Taylor and kill him, but he dies in the attempt--and none too soon, since most audiences will have lost patience with the acting by now. Wong scores best, perhaps because she is the only one

of the leads who is not miscast. Otherwise, every other cast member plays over the top. The American public never bought Raft as a Chinese, which didn't stop Hollywood from casting Caucasian players in Asian roles for years to come. This is another of the more than 20 films Ann Sheridan appeared

in as a starlet under her real name before her career picked up in 1936.

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