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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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
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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 »
[to Temple Drake]
Now you're satisfied. You got 'em all fightin' over ya. You nice women. I know your kind. You get a kick out of playin' with kids. Burnin' their gas. Eatin' their food. Spendin' their money. And whatdya give em? Always got away with it before, ain't ya? And now you're scared. 'Cause these ain't kids, they're men. If one of em laid a finger on ya, you'd faint.
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I saw this many years ago at a film festival and have never forgotten it. Even though they toned down the source material (William Faulkner's "Sanctuary") considerably, this is strong stuff for 1933. The acting is good, it's well-directed and has an ending that censors of the 30s hated (I won't give it away, but you can see why). One question--why isn't this available? It's never been on TV and never even got a video release. A real shame--this is one great movie. If you get a chance, see it.
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