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Cocaine 1922

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Graham Cutts

In this decadent tale of drugs and the London underworld the cosseted daughter of a respectable businessman - in fact head of a cocaine racket - succumbs to the pleasures of drink and drugs. Vivid nightlife scenes recreate the interwar world of flappers and hedonists; the dapper club owner and seedy street dealer are both Chinese (played by white actors), common stereotypes at the time.

The third Chinese character, a sympathetic lackey, is played by an uncredited Chinese actor; his natural performance points up the hamminess of the other two. Retitled While London Sleeps following censorship problems, Cocaine was the directorial debut of Graham Cutts, a prominent figure in 1920s and 30s British cinema and a mentor (and later rival) to the young Alfred Hitchcock.

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Directed by

Graham Cutts


Hilda Bayley

Flora Le Breton

Ward McAllister

Tony Fraser


Cocaine Night Clubs


Tales of Old Chinatown Soho Stories Unavailable on DVD




United Kingdom



Production company

Master Film Company

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