The Story of Temple Drake

The Story of Temple Drake

Miriam Hopkins
Director: Stephen R. Roberts Cast: Miriam Hopkins
Miriam Hopkins
, Jack LaRue
Jack LaRue
, William Gargan
William Gargan
Stephen R. Roberts

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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 death of her mother. Temple has a wild streak and a taste for liquor and men she can bend to her will, and while principled lawyer Stephen Benbow (William Gargan) wants to marry her, she's not willing to settle down. While joyriding with Toddy Gowan (William Collier Jr.), a young man with more bravado than sense who wrecks their car, Temple ends up in the decaying home of Lee Goodwin (Irving Pichel), who with leering, sharp suited gangster Trigger (Jack La Rue) makes and sells moonshine. While Lee's life Ruby (Florence Eldridge) and dim-witted helper Tommy (James Eagles) try to protect Temple, cold-hearted Trigger shoots Tommy, rapes Temple and takes her away to the city, where she falls into a relationship with the gangster governed by both attraction and fear. While the most sordid aspects of Sanctuary were excised by screenwriter Oliver H.P. Garrett and director Stephen Roberts, The Story of Temple Drake was still quite controversial on its initial release, and within a few months of its release, Will Hayes and Joseph Breen overhauled the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America's production code and strengthened enforcement of its guidelines on content, making it virtually impossible for a major studio to make a film like it again until the 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2019
UPC: 0715515238717
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:11:00
Sales rank: 2,940

Special Features

English SDH Subtitles; New program featuring a conversaton between cinematographer John Bailey and Matt Severson, director of the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academey of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, about the film's visual style, as well as archival materials relating to its production; New program featuring critic Imogen Sara Smith on the complexity of the film and its central performance by Miriam Hopkins; New interview with critic Mick LaSalle about the film, censorship, and the production code

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miriam Hopkins Temple Drake
Jack LaRue Trigger
William Gargan Stephen Benbow
William Collier Toddy Gowan
Irving Pichel Lee Goodwin
Guy Standing Judge Drake
Elizabeth Patterson Aunt Jennie
Florence Eldridge Ruby Lemar
James C. Eagles Tommy
Arthur Belasco Wharton
George Pearce Doctor
C.L. Sherwood Lunch Wagon Proprietor
Grady Sutton Bob
Clem Beauchamp Jellybeans
Oscar Apfel District Attorney
John Carradine Courtroom extra
Frank Darien Gas station manager
Henry Hall Judge
Jobyna Howland Miss Reba
Harlan Knight Pap
Hattie McDaniel Minnie
Kent Taylor Jellybean
Jim Mason Van

Technical Credits
Stephen R. Roberts Director
Oliver H.P. Garrett Screenwriter
Benjamin Glazer Producer
Karl Struss Cinematographer

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