The Story of Temple Drake
- For the 1961 film version of the Faulkner novel, see Sanctuary (1961 film).
|The Story of Temple Drake|
|Directed by||Stephen Roberts|
|Produced by||Benjamin Glazer|
|Written by||William Faulkner (novel)
Oliver H. P. Garrett
Maurine Dallas Watkins
Jack La Rue
|Music by||Karl Hajos (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited;additional music)
Ralph Rainger (uncredited;additional music)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release dates||May 12, 1933|
|Running time||70 minutes|
The Story of Temple Drake is a 1933 Pre-Code drama film adapted from the highly controversial novel Sanctuary by William Faulkner. Though watered down, the movie was still so scandalous, it was one of the reasons for the introduction of the Hays Code. It starred Miriam Hopkins as a wild Southern woman who falls into the hands of a gang led by the brutal Trigger, played by Jack La Rue.
The film was remade in 1961, this time under the book's original title, directed by Tony Richardson, and with Lee Remick as Temple Drake, Yves Montand as Trigger (this time renamed Candy), Bradford Dillman, Harry Townes, and Odetta in a rare film appearance.
Temple Drake, a frivolous young woman from a prominent Mississippi family, is raped and forced into prostitution by Trigger, a backwoods bootlegger, after Trigger shoots and kills a boy who tries to protect her. Another backwoodsman is charged with the murder. When Temple tries to leave Trigger, he becomes angry and is apparently about to assault her, so she grabs his pistol and shoots him, then flees back home to her family. An idealistic lawyer eventually persuades Temple to tell the truth about the first murder on the witness stand and save the defendant's life, even though her testimony will disgrace herself. According to Pre-Code scholar Thomas Doherty, the film implies that the deeds done to her are in recompense for her immorality.
The relatively upbeat ending of the film is in marked contrast to the ending of Faulkner's novel Sanctuary, in which Temple perjures herself in court, resulting in the lynching of an innocent man.
- Miriam Hopkins as Temple Drake
- Jack La Rue as Trigger
- William Gargan as Stephen Benbow
- William Collier, Jr. as Toddy Gowan
- Irving Pichel as Lee Goodwin
- Guy Standing as Judge Drake, Temple's grandfather
- Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Jennie
- Florence Eldridge as Ruby Lemar
- James Eagles as Tommy
- Harlan Knight as Pap
- "Plot synopsis". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Doherty, Thomas Patrick (1999). Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema 1930-1934. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 117–8. ISBN 0-231-11094-4.
- PROJECTION JOTTINGS New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 19 Feb 1933: X5.