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The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

 |  Drama  |  December 1933 (Austria)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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William Gargan ...
Jack La Rue ...
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
Harlan Knight ...
Pap (as Harlan E. Knight)
Jim Mason ...
Van (as James Mason)
Louise Beavers ...
Minnie
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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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 »

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Maid: That Mr. Judge would sure know more about his daughter if he did her laundry!
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My Silent Love
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Music by Dana Suesse
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So lurid it was banned for decades
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Provocative and racy this hard to find film is loaded with infamy. If you started watching not knowing it was a pre-code it would only take a few minutes to realized it. Full of a wantonness and sense of depravity that wouldn't be seen in movies for decades after, this sin-fest features rape, murder and many other shocking events with a frank candor. Even the advertising for the film was lurid, just look at the poster to get an idea of how the film was sold. Many of the cast are rather ham handed in their portrayals, William Gargan in particular, but Miriam Hopkins lights up the screen with a vibrant sensuality and a compelling presence. A truly talented actress it's a shame that behind the scenes she was such a difficult and brazen up-stager that it irrevocably damaged her career and shortened her star period.


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