Limehouse Blues (1934) - Rotten Tomatoes

Limehouse Blues (1934)




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It's "Never the twain shall meet" time again, this time in London's Limehouse district. George Raft stars as Harry Young, a half-caste saloonkeeper who shelters beleaguered white girl Toni (Jean Parker) from her tormentors (shades of Broken Blossoms). Harry falls in love with the girl, but mixing of the races was still a Hollywood no-no in 1934, so tragedy results -- except for Toni, who finds happiness in the arms of Eric Benton (Kent Taylor), a man of "her own kind." The highly eclectic cast includes Anna May Wong as Raft's obligatory cast-off sweetheart Tu Tuan, former 2-reel comic Billy Bevan, and in a tiny uncredited role, Ann Sheridan. To avoid confusion with another Limehouse Blues, this one was retitled East End Chant for television.


George Raft
as Harry Young
Kent Taylor
as Eric Benton
Montagu Love
as Pug Talbot
Robert Locke Lorraine
as Inspector Sheridan
Robert Loraine
as Inspector Sheridan
E. Alyn Warren
as Ching Lee
Wyndham Standing
as Assistant Commissioner Kenyon
Eily Malyon
as Woman Who Finds Pug
Robert A'Dair
as Policeman in Pug's House
Elsie Prescott
as Woman Employment Agent
James May (I)
as Taxi Driver
Eric Blore
as Slummer
Colin Tapley
as Man Fighting with Wife
Elsa Prescott
as Woman Employment Agent
Desmond Roberts
as Constable
Des Roberts
as Constable
Otto Yamaoka
as Chinese Waiter on Boat
Dora Mayfield
as Flower Woman
Ann Sheridan
as Girl with Couples
Keith Hitchcock
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Limehouse Blues

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Even those filmgoers who are most successful in fighting off Mr. Raft's overpowering personal allure can hardly blame him for the frailties of Limehouse Blues.

April 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The abiding memory of Limehouse Blues is of violence, unreality, and an exuberance of Americanism, which seems somewhat out of place in London's East End.

April 3, 2019 | Full Review…

An antiquated story with only one redeeming feature -- good production.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

George Raft seemed very unhappy in the role.

October 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

April 3, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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