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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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I CAN NEVER FACE THE WORLD AGAIN! 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

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 »

Goofs

After Trigger decides that Temple will stay at the backwoods house, Ruby can be seen sitting at the table saying something (lips moving) but no words are heard. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Bassett: You hear? Callin' me 'Jack'. He calls everybody: 'Jack'. My names Tommy. Dog, if he ain't better than a circus.
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Featured in Girl 27 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

My Silent Love
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Music by Dana Suesse
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The notorious pre-code drama still packs a punch
25 August 1999 | by marc-112See all my reviews

The notorious and rarely-seen (it's not even listed in Maltin's book)1933 adaption of William Faulkner's "Sanctuary" was unveiled to NY audiences last week at the Film Forum. The film is beautifully shot, and has an amazing performance by Miriam Hopkins as the southern belle who gets kidnapped and raped by a gangster, but stays with him by choice. At the conclusion, there was a richly-deserved round of applause. The rights are owned by Universal Home Video now--start writing them to get this lost masterpiece onto the video shelves.


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