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The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

Not Rated | | Drama | December 1933 (Austria)
A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Director:

Stephen Roberts

Writers:

Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay), William Faulkner (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Temple Drake
William Gargan ... Stephen Benbow
Jack La Rue ... Trigger
Florence Eldridge ... Ruby Lemarr
Guy Standing ... Judge Drake (as Sir Guy Standing)
Irving Pichel ... Lee Goodwin
Jobyna Howland ... Miss Reba
William Collier Jr. ... Toddy Gowan
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Jennie
James Eagles James Eagles ... Tommy Bassett
Harlan Knight Harlan Knight ... Pap (as Harlan E. Knight)
Jim Mason ... Van (as James Mason)
Louise Beavers ... Minnie
Arthur Belasco Arthur Belasco ... Wharton
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Storyline

Temple Drake is a Southern belle who leads men on with her sexuality but usually leaves them wanting. She's loved by lawyer Stephen Benbow, whom she likes but doesn't love. While out carousing with one of her beaux, she finds herself stranded with a gang of bootleggers, one of whom, Trigger, rapes her and makes her his sex slave. When another man is accused of a murder Trigger committed, Stephen defends him and sets out to find Trigger. But he isn't prepared for whom he finds with Trigger, or what she's become. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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You won't even tell your husband the story-but you'll never-never forget it (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,((Pittsburgh,Penna.)) 7 July 1933) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1933 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanctuary See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount originally assigned George Raft to play Trigger, but he refused the part. Raft said playing such a revolting character would ruin his reputation and finish his career. The very public dispute nearly did end his contract, but Paramount relented and gave the part to Jack La Rue. See more »

Goofs

After Trigger decides that Temple will stay at the backwoods house, Ruby can be seen sitting at the table saying something (lips moving) but no words are heard. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Jennie: 'Didn't hear a word I said, did you?
Stephen Benbow: That's possible, Auntie
Aunt Jennie: I was talking about Temple Drake.
Stephen Benbow: Yes, I know. That's why I didn't listen.
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Soundtracks

My Silent Love
(uncredited)
Music by Dana Suesse
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Good pre-code salacious movie
13 September 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Stephen Benbow (William Gargan) is an idealistic defense lawyer who is in love with Temple Drake (Miriam Hopkins). She is a southern belle wild child and a tease. Her granddad Judge wants her to go with Stephen but she can't seem to marry the straight laced Stephen. She leaves a party with the drunken Toddy who crashes the car. They're taken by bootleggers. Soon she's in fear of the lowlife criminals and the drunken Toddy is useless. She is raped by the well dressed killer Trigger (Jack La Rue). He kidnaps her as his kept woman. Stephen investigates Trigger for a murder and finds Temple. She pretends to be Trigger's woman to send Stephen off.

The controversial salacious content is pre-code. There is some violence and a lot of suggested sexuality. It's actually effective as a noir style movie. The surprising thing is that it's still very watchable. The acting isn't always the best. William Gargan is a bit stiff. Miriam Hopkins is playing it very melodramatically as is usually the case of this era. It works in this melodrama. Jack La Rue is great as the quietly threatening villain.


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