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Director:
Writers:
Robert Hill (written by)
Thomas De Quincey (book)
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Release Date:
20 June 1962 (USA) See more »
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Dare you enter the nightmare zone of the incredible?
Plot:
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
 (From Trailers from Hell. 21 August 2014, 10:00 PM, PDT)

Confessions of an Opium Eater
 (From Trailers from Hell. 15 August 2014, 1:38 PM, PDT)

New on Warner Archive Instant: August 2014
 (From Cinelinx. 8 August 2014, 1:44 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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Runtime:
85 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating)
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Gilbert De Quincey:[narration] In that first instance of her image passing the lenses of my eyes, I felt that I was hanging in the immensity of space and she was floating with me - chained, locked inextricably together; arms, brains, heart pulsations, unable to flee, unable to break apart; sinking...See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
tong war world, 26 November 2011
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

One of Vincent Price's lesser known movies casts him as an adventurer who discovers that one of the tongs in San Francisco's Chinatown is selling young women into servitude. The really cool scene in "Confessions of an Opium Eater" is Price's opium-induced hallucination; think of it as an early acid trip. The rest of the movie is kind of corny, but the corniness in Price's movies is part of what made them so much fun. Parts of the movie are confusing due to the secret passages in the buildings.

Overall, it's a pretty fun movie. Price's narration definitely adds to the campy feeling. Of course, his best movies were Roger Corman's adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's works.

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