Skip to content

Special Showing of The Story of Temple Drake on Sunday

July 17, 2009


Banned in Sweden, Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Paramount production that caused ire among movie censors in the 1930’s will be screened as part of the Faulkner Conference on Sunday.

The Story of Temple Drake was the adapatation of Faulkner’s story “Sanctuary,” and is one of the pre-code 1930’s films that is a must see. This will be my first opportunity to view and I can’t wait.

Released in 1933 in America, Production Code Administration banned the film from any further release and it was not seen again until the 50’s. To this day there are limited copies of the film and it never had a major VHS or DVD release.

The title role is played by Miriam Hopkins and also stars Jack LaRue, William Gargan, William Collier, Jr., Irving Pichel and Florence Eldridge.

Temple Drake, the granddaughter of a Southern judge is  a wild young person who prefers a wild drunken joyride to a boring town dance.Upon crashing the car, Drake meets Trigger, a bootlegger, and a sordid cast of characters. A suspenseful tale of the traumatic connection between Drake and Trigger ensues.

The New York Times published one of the few reviews about the film in May 1933. Mordaunt Hall wrote:

“Considering the changes that were to be expected in bringing this novel to the screen, the producers have wrought a highly intelligent production. It is grim and sordid, but at the same time a picture which is enormously helped by its definite dramatic value. There are times when exaggerations occur, but, after allowing for them, it is a narrative which like “Today We Live,” the first of Mr. Faulkner’s literary efforts to be filmed, can boast of no little originality. Whether it will prove a satisfactory diversion for the general run of cinemagoers is problematical.”

The film plays at 7:30 on Sunday in the Nutt Auditorium on the campus of the University of Mississippi.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: