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Lieutenant Lilly and the Splodge of Opium
Lieutenant Lilly and the Splodge of Opium

Lieutenant Lilly and the Splodge of Opium 1913

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Lieutenant Lilly and the Splodge of Opium 1913

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Hay Plumb

This agreeably daft comedy pokes fun at popular adventure serials of the early 1910s. Our (inevitably) dashing and intrepid hero learns of a Chinese rebellion and flies to rescue his distressed love, Dolores, from some very unconvincing Chinese. The association of the Chinese with drugs and vice was a feature of the same 'Yellow Peril' moral panics that gave rise to Sax Rohmer's Fu-Manchu.

Filmed for the Hepworth Company by Hay Plumb, the film was made very quickly on a very modest budget - and wasn't ashamed to show it. But its knowing swipe at more serious adventurers such as Lieutenant Rose (who took on some Chinese pirates in one episode - inevitably played, as here, by white actors in make-up) and Lieutenant Daring would strike a chord with audiences. The era's most prolific parodist, Fred Evans (aka Pimple), released a number of similar spoofs under the guise of Lt Pimple.

Directed by

Hay Plumb

Featuring

Harry Buss

Genres

Comedy

Tags

Boxer Rebellion Royal Navy Opium

Collection

Tales of Old Chinatown

Released

1913

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Hepworth Manufacturing Company

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