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The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

The Story of Temple Drake





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William Faulkner's bestseller Sanctuary was so taboo in some circles that Hollywood couldn't even use the title when making the first film version. Thus, Paramount's adaptation of Sanctuary went out as The Story of Temple Drake, fooling no one who could read. Miriam Hopkins plays the title role, the promiscuous daughter of a Southern judge. Temple will do anything for a thrill, which plays right into the hands of a gang of kidnappers. Coerced into a pickup date at a roadhouse, Temple is held for ransom by the lascivious Trigger (Jack LaRue) and his mob. She is raped by Trigger, whereupon she kills him. One of Trigger's earlier murders is pinned on a hapless half-wit (Irving Pichel). Called to testify in the murder trial by her former boyfriend (William Gargan), the prosecuting attorney, Temple not only confesses to Trigger's killing, but proclaims to one and all that she secretly enjoyed the rape. Even though this hot material was considerably toned down from the novel (where the villain raped Temple with a corncob!), The Story of Temple Drake was one of many films responsible for incurring the wrath of the "clean up Hollywood" brigades--resulting in the restrictive Production Code of 1934. Sanctuary was remade under its original title in 1961.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Oliver H.P. Garrett
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Paramount Pictures


Miriam Hopkins
as Temple Drake
Jack LaRue
as Trigger
William Gargan
as Stephen Benbow
William Collier
as Toddy Gowan
Irving Pichel
as Lee Goodwin
Guy Standing
as Judge Drake
Jobyna Howland
as Miss Reba
John Carradine
as Courtroom extra
Frank Darien
as Gas Station Propriet...
C.L. Sherwood
as Lunch Wagon Propriet...
Oscar Apfel
as District Attorney
Kent Taylor
as Jellybean
Clem Beauchamp
as Jellybean
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All Critics (2)

Dated melodrama.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What makes it worth watching, even compelling, is Miriam Hopkins's performance.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Story of Temple Drake

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I've never been a huge Faulkner fan, but I wanted to watch this because it was so controversial at the time that it was banned and remains difficult to find even today. This movie is one of the films that was directly responsible for the enactment of the Hays Code. I don't like people telling me what I'm not supposed to watch, so I sought it out. It's a good story that addresses some of the misogynistic views toward sexual assault that we still cling to today. The last time I checked it was available in its entirety on Youtube. Watch it.

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