Confessions of an Opium Eater


1h 25m 1962

Film Details

Also Known As
Secrets of a Soul, Souls for Sale
Release Date
Jun 1962
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Photoplay Associates
Distribution Company
Allied Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Confessions of an English Opium-eater, in London Magazine by Thomas De Quincey (Sep-Oct 1821).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

In the early 1900's, a Chinese junk smuggles slave girls into San Francisco's Chinatown to be sold at auction. George Wah, a crusading newspaper editor and tong leader, attempts to save the girls but fails when a rival tong appears. He escapes with the help of Lotus, one of the slave girls, who herself manages to escape. The supposition that Wah is dead precipitates a tong war. Adventurer Gil De Quincey arrives to help Wah by joining a rival tong led by Ruby Low, who secretly has killed and is impersonating Tang, the real tong leader. At the underground auction, Wah, disguised as an elderly man, buys Lotus, who has been recaptured, for a large amount of opium. Gil, in the meantime, has found his way to the room with the help of a Chinese "slave child." Wah and Gil are exposed, but an explosion helps them escape to a labyrinth of tunnels. In a subsequent struggle in a drain under the city streets, Gil and Ruby drown in a lovers' embrace.

Film Details

Also Known As
Secrets of a Soul, Souls for Sale
Release Date
Jun 1962
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Photoplay Associates
Distribution Company
Allied Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Confessions of an English Opium-eater, in London Magazine by Thomas De Quincey (Sep-Oct 1821).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Copyright material credits Seton I. Miller as co-screenplay writer, Ed Curtiss as film editor, and Eugene Lourie as associate producer/production designer; Miller and Curtiss do not receive screen credit; Lourie is credited on screen as art director. Actress Keiko Nishimura receives screen credit as Keiko. Alternative title: Souls for Sale. Rerelease title: Secrets of a Soul.