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Faulkner's southern gothic girl, Temple Drake
- el debbo
I liked the photography very much, brooding black & white, trees dripping with Spanish moss, crumbling mansions; a world away from Now. Jack La Rue was good and Miriam Hopkins was steamy, but there wasn't enough development in their relationship. William Gargan, a fave of mine: I couldn't get past the lipstick. In short, this was OK but the 1962 version of Temple Drake's story "Sanctuary", which was a major hit in theaters that year, is much preferable in my book. Lee Remick plays a gin-soaked jazz baby to perfection, and Yves Montand is absolutely magnetic as Candy Man. 3 stars for the Hopkins version.
The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
- Mr. Blandings
Nasty story depicting the dark, drawn-out punishment of a flirtatious girl. The author of the book obviously had "issues" and making a movie based on it is a sheer waste of acting talent.
"A PRE-CODE SMUT HOLOCAUST"
- La Faustin
See David Cairns's SHADOWPLAY blog for a terrific appreciation of this film: http://dcairns.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/jack-la-rue-sexual-outlaw/
- Bob Cornfield
This is an important movie, not only for the censorship efforts, Miriam Hopkins, and its amazing photography, but also for the effort to film a William Faulkner's novel. It is in many ways sensational and cheap but more interesting for those very facts. It deserves its notoriety.
- Michael O'Hanlon
It's sad that even Turner Classic Movies is unable to play this excellent PreCode drama on their station. It's an early Paramount film, which means it is owned by Universal, which keeps it under lock and key. Let TCM play the movie already!