Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

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In 19th century San Francisco's Chinatown, American adventurer Gilbert De Quincey is saving slave girls owned by the Chinese Tong factions.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilbert De Quincey
Linda Ho ...
Ruby Low
Richard Loo ...
George Wah
Lotus (as June Kim)
Philip Ahn ...
Ching Foon
Yvonne Moray ...
Caroline Kido ...
Lo Tsen
Terence de Marney ...
Scrawny Man
Geri Hoo ...
2nd Dancing Girl
Gerald Jann ...
Fat Chinese
Vivianne Manku ...
Catatonic Girl
Miel Saan ...
Look Gow
Joanne Miya ...
1st Dancing Girl
Auctionieer (as John Mamo)
Keiko ...
3rd Dancing Girl


Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey narrates his adventures. At the slave auction where beautiful Oriental girls are displayed in hanging bamboo cages, de Quincey befriends a tiny wisecracking female Oriental dwarf. Written by alfiehitchie

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Dare you enter the nightmare zone of the incredible?


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Release Date:

20 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Souls for Sale  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film loosely based on the 1822 autobiographical novel, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, by Thomas De Quincey. See more »


Gilbert De Quincey: [narration] When the dreams of the dark, idle, monstrous phenomenae move forever forward... wild, barbarous, capricious into the great yawning darkness... to be fixed for centuries in secret rooms. De Quincey, the artist ?, De Quincey, the pagan priest, to be worshiped, to be sacrificed. What is a dream and what is reality? Sometimes a man's life can be a nightmare; other times, cannot a nightmare be life? And the voices that I heard, were they the voices of some strange imitation of men in some...
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Edited into The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014) See more »

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Undiscovered classic!!!
12 August 2003 | by (Chinatown, London) – See all my reviews

OK, I've known I've wanted to see this for years, but had no idea how great it would be!!! Price is as ace as usual, but the scene is well and truly stolen by the little dwarf girl. Some more things that make the film great

  • The fact that all the Orientals talk in broken English, while Price

fills every line with overblown emotion and literate philosophical asides, the record number of secret passages and lifts, the incredible opium trip/dream sequence (and the resulting slow-motion escape is even better)and the fact that the whole thing plays like a 30's adventure film mixed with a 60's drug film! Perfect.

Highly recommended, naturally.

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