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Confessions of an Opium Eater (Original Screenplay)
Allied Artists. Producer-director Albert Zugsmith's copy of the script for the 1962 film, "Confessions of an Opium Eater," produced and directed by Zugsmith, written for the screen by Robert Hill, and starring Vincent Price. Based on the 1822 book, "Confessions of an English Opium Eater," by Thomas DeQuincey. Very freely based upon DeQuincey's book, "Confessions of an Opium Eater" is set in San Francisco during the Tong Wars of the 1800s. Lotus is one of a group of women kidnapped from China and brought to the United States, where they are to be traded in exchange for precious opium. Lotus and her compatriots are rescued by mysterious benefactors and are spirited away. Soon after, DeQuincey sneaks into Chinatown and contacts a merchant by the name of Chin Foon. Both men share the mark of the Moon Serpent, signifying that they work for the enigmatic Ling Tang, who is the mastermind behind the human auctions. Foon instructs DeQuincey to locate Lotus. He finds her but rather than handing her over to Foon, he tries to escape with her. His treachery is discovered, and in a "Yojimbo"-esque twist, admits he is working for both sides in the Tong conflict. He escapes and, stumbling through the bowels of Chinatown, discovers many other bizarre secrets. He also learns that another of Tang’s employees, Ruby Low, is not as loyal as supposed. DeQuincey continues prowling around Chinatown; obviously, he has some sort of plan in mind--but what is it? And who is he really working for? [The AllMovie Guide]. Light green studio wrappers, with titles in manual type on the front wrapper, dated February 16, 1961. Holograph pencil timing notations at the margins of every page, with Zugsmith's signature in blue marker on the front wrapper. Title page present, with a date of February 16, 1961, with screenwriter credits for Robert Hill. 111 pages, with blue, pink, and green revision pages throughout, dated variously between 7/11/1961 and 7/31/1961. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads. One of the more interesting "eastern intrigue" adaptations of the 1950s and 1960s, with the appealing quality of having a classic literary source. Martin 79.
      [Bookseller: Royal Books]
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