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Robert Hill (written by)
Thomas De Quincey (book)
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20 June 1962 (USA) See more »
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Dare you enter the nightmare zone of the incredible?
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Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Confessions of an Opium Eater
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Cast

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Vincent Price ... Gilbert De Quincey
Linda Ho ... Ruby Low
Richard Loo ... George Wah

June Kyoto Lu ... Lotus (as June Kim)
Philip Ahn ... Ching Foon
Yvonne Moray ... Child
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

John Fujioka ... Auctionieer (as John Mamo)
Keiko ... 3rd Dancing Girl
Victor Sen Yung ... Wing Young
Ralph Ahn ... Wah Chan
Arthur Wong ... Kwai Tong
Alicia Li ... Ping Toy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Horvath ... (unconfirmed)
Vincent Barbi ... Captain (uncredited)
William Baskin ... Giant (uncredited)
David Chow ... Opium Eater (uncredited)
Richard Fong ... (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Boat Crewman (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Newspaper Boy (uncredited)
Carol Russell ... Slave Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Zugsmith 
 
Writing credits
Robert Hill (written by)

Thomas De Quincey (book "Confessions of an English Opium Eater")

Produced by
Robert Hill .... associate producer
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Robert S. Eisen  (as Robert Eisen)
Roy V. Livingston  (as Roy Livingston)
 
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
 
Makeup Department
Alice Monte .... hairdresser
William Turner .... makeup artist (as Bill Turner)
 
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director (as Lin Parsons Jr.)
 
Art Department
Ted Mossman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Marvin Willens .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norah Sharpe .... wardrobe
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Victor Lewis .... music editor
 
Other crew
Eylla Jacobs .... set continuity
 

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Also Known As:
"Souls for Sale" - USA (reissue title)
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85 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating)
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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...See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Up In Smoke, 9 May 2010
Author: Joseph Sylvers from United States

The only similarity this bears to Thomas De Quincy's "Confessions Of An English Opium Eater" is that both characters have the name Thomas De Quincy. The novel is an autobiography of the effects on opium on one man's life, while the film is a Vincent Price lead "Lady From Shanghai" like twisting film noir.

Price's De Quincy is a sailor, whose voice over is a Raymond Chandler meets De Quincy poetry, come to San Francisco after a long stay in "the orient", where he involves himself in the dubious world of human trafficking, particularly brides in China Town during the 1800's Tong Gang Wars. The film opens with a brutal scene involving screaming women thrown in a net like freshly caught tuna, and then a violent battle between two gangs on the beach as they try to deliver the kidnapped women to their fate.

Albert Zugsmith produced classics like "The Incredible Shrinking Man", "Written On The Wind", and "Touch Of Evil", along with directing many exploitation flicks, which this film veers into from time to time. The film is more in the Siejun Suzuki brand of wildly inventive, free wheeling pulpy expressionism, than Ed Wood kitschy ineptness. Despite the title the only scene involving opium is when Price takes some in order to get close to the women trafficking ring, and has a particularly impressive Lynchian circa Elephant-Man era hallucination scene (which is worth price of admission alone).

However the best scene comes when Price wakes up surrounded by guards and has to make a slow motion (cus he's high on opium) dash out of the den, and to the rooftops of china town. The scene is also completely silent, and truly marvelous in it's execution. I know slow motion action sequences where Greogiran chanting plays over sweat glistened A-listers shooting each other in mid air are common place now, but in Zugsmith's hands your reminded of excting an action sequence can be when it's done right. The plot is not particularly strong.

Why De Quincy is saving the girl, or what he is doing in China town at all, has many twists and turns, and leaves some gaps to be filled? But the direction, the suspense, and especially Price's performance make lines that would sound preposterous and almost Terrance Malick like in their stream of consciousness like "You wear as many masks as their are stars reflected in a gutter", sound as if he says them everyday. Such are the gifts of Price.

I was very pleased with this movie, that can be found easily on Youtube, though you might want to get a good copy to take in the fullness of Zugsmith's frames.There is a dreaminess and nightmarishness to all of the scenes, like opium was poured over a script to a lesser film, and this movie stumbled out of a smoke ridden room, rambling of dancing girls emerging from cages, crashes through windows, being swept to sea from sewer drains, and teetering on the edge of rooftops with vertigo at a snails pace, and feeling "the abbacus of fate has your number". Good times.

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