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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.

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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1933 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanctuary See more »

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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

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 »

Quotes

Stephen Benbow: Your family, the Drakes, have lived here for generations?
Temple Drake: Yes.
Temple Drake: How long?
Stephen Benbow: Since before the war.
Stephen Benbow: The Civil War?
Temple Drake: Yes.
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Connections

Version of Sanctuary (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

My Silent Love
(uncredited)
Music by Dana Suesse
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This movie makes *Delivrance* look wholesome
3 March 2016 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

Even for a pre-Code movie, this is pretty tough stuff. Granted, it doesn't get into the most sordid aspects of Faulkner's novel - a pot-boiler that he wrote when his serious works failed to earn him any money - but it's still very somber: a Southern society girl out on a binge with a drunken playboy gets raped by a gangster, set up in a Memphis brothel, and then finally kills the gangster. (In the novel, the gangster, originally named Popeye, is impotent, and so likes to watch others do what he cannot do.) You can certainly understand why the League of Decency went after this. And, frankly, I'm not sure I see what the point of making this movie was. I don't know who would enjoy it.

Which is not to say that it's a poorly made movie. Quite to the contrary.

Miriam Hopkins, whom I know from a string of fluffy mildly suggestive Ernst Lubitsch-type comedies - The Smiling Lieutenant, Trouble in Paradise, Design for Living - gives a very impressive performance here as a Zelda Fitzgerald type who ends up being terrified out of her wits when she encounters a world of people very different from her native high-society circles. I have a lot more respect for her as an actress after seeing this.

The direction here, by Stephen Roberts, is also quite good at times, with very effective cinematography in the scenes set at the gangsters' hideout.

I can imagine that this movie would be very unpleasant viewing for a lot of women. It tells a gruesome story, and does nothing to keep it light. It's certainly worth seeing for Hopkins' performance, but it won't put you in a good mood.


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