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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 »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1933 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanctuary See more »

Company Credits

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

As Temple is giving her testimony she pauses when a voice from off-screen says "and then?" to get her to keep her story going. However, it is not the voice of the defense attorney (Stephen Benbow) who would be the only one who could speak to her at the time. Probably a late edit/dub. See more »

Quotes

Court Clerk: Put your right hand on the Bible please. Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Temple Drake: So help me God.
Stephen Benbow: Your name?
Temple Drake: Temple Drake!
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Connections

Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

My Silent Love
(uncredited)
Music by Dana Suesse
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Interesting adaptation of Faulkner story with strong legal subplot
6 January 2000 | by Michael-110See 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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