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.
After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her.
William A. Wellman
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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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 »
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 »
I ought to know. I've seen three generations of 'em in my time. They're a stiff neck lot, most of 'em. Proud and all that. There's a wild streak in 'em. Every now and then one of 'em comes along like Temple - with somethin' bad in 'em. Somethin' wrong. Maybe Temple'll get over it; but, there's not one of 'em thats had it, didn't end up in the gutter!
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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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