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The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

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.

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William Gargan ...
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Trigger
Florence Eldridge ...
Ruby Lemarr
Guy Standing ...
Judge Drake (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Lee Goodwin
Jobyna Howland ...
Miss Reba
William Collier Jr. ...
Toddy Gowan
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Aunt Jennie
James Eagles ...
Tommy Bassett
Harlan Knight ...
Pap (as Harlan E. Knight)
Jim Mason ...
Van (as James Mason)
Louise Beavers ...
Minnie
Arthur Belasco ...
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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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I CAN NEVER FACE THE WORLD AGAIN!

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December 1933 (Austria)  »

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Sanctuary  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

The New York censors initially rejected "The Story of Temple Drake". In order to be suitable for exhibition there, every scene involving sex or violence had to be reduced to a minimum. See more »

Goofs

Temple is lying flat in bed. She raises the upper part of her body when Trigger opens the window and, seconds later, raises it again when he starts to climb through the window. See more »

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Stephen Benbow: Honey, will you be honest with me, just once?
Temple Drake: Of course.
Stephen Benbow: Really? Man to man?
Temple Drake: Yes, Steve.
Stephen Benbow: Marry me.
Temple Drake: No.
Stephen Benbow: Why not?
Temple Drake: Why do you have to ask that?
Stephen Benbow: I want to know.
Temple Drake: Perhaps I like you too much.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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My Silent Love
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Music by Dana Suesse
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Interesting adaptation of Faulkner story with strong legal subplot
6 January 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Temple Drake is a well brought up Southern woman who has a strong wild and crazy streak. She refuses marriage proposals from Steven Benbow, a dedicated and ethical young lawyer, because she knows she isn't ready to settle down. She is, in fact, a notorious sexual tease. Soon she's being held by a group of bootleggers and is raped by a hood named Trigger. Temple's wild streak takes over and she decides to stay with Trigger, perhaps working as a prostitute. Pretty heady stuff for the 1930's!

I particularly liked the character of Benbow who willingly takes all of the pro bono criminal cases assigned to him by the judge (Temple's haughty father) and handles even the hopeless ones with great dedication. In the courtroom scene that ends this film, Benbow's skill and ethics are put to the test.

There is an extensive discussion and analysis of "Temple Drake" in Thomas Doherty, "Pre-Code Hollywood" (1999) at 114-17. The story of the film's struggle with the censors (both in Hollywood and in the states) is told in Thomas Vieira, "Sin in Soft Focus" (1999) 149-50; stills from the film appear at 158-59.


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