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The Story of Temple Drake

The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1933 Wide

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William Faulkner's novel Sanctuary was a notorious bestseller upon its publication in 1931, and while it was successful enough that Paramount Pictures quickly snapped up the film rights, they were forced to change enough of the story to make it fit for the screen (even in the "pre-code" era) that by the time it reached theaters the title had been changed to The Story of Temple Drake. Temple (Miriam Hopkins) is a free-spirited girl being raised by a well-respected judge (Guy Standing) after the

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Dated melodrama.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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What makes it worth watching, even compelling, is Miriam Hopkins's performance.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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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 sinfest features rape, murder and many other shocking events with a frank candor. 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 upstager that it irrevocably damaged her career and shortened her star period.
September 14, 2011
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