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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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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 »

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December 1933 (Austria)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Was extremely controversial because of its content matter. It was banned in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and Production Code Administration head Joseph Breen ordered that the film never be re-released once the Production Code came into effect in mid-1934. The film did not resurface until the mid-1950s. See more »

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Ruby is walking to the house in the backwoods when Lee Goodwin opens the door and exits the house. When the camera angle changes, Goodwin again opens the door and exits the house. See more »

Quotes

Toddy Gowan: It ain't fair. Fire a man all up, and poof, put him all out.
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Featured in Girl 27 (2007) See more »

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My Silent Love
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Music by Dana Suesse
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Powerful, Steamy, Underrated Pre-Code Faulknerian Drama!
8 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Just caught this gem last night at the Film Forum during their incredible Pre-Code Women festival!

Top acting honors to Miriam Hopkins, Jack La Rue et al. It is truly amazing how some of the pre-code dramas and comedies (sadly most of them missing from video, much less dvd!) hold up so incredibly well.

While I admire the ingenuity and class that some of the later 30's and 40's movies had in dealing with the Code restrictions, early dramas like The Story of Temple Drake demonstrate the same artistry in handling a sexually frank storyline.

Little Faulkner is left in this, but the mood and atmosphere of this film is superb!


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