The captioned movie truly is a precode and is based on a story by William Faulkner. One grows so used to the laundered story lines dictated by the puritan censors after mid 1934 that it is almost a shock but very refreshing to see a story which tells it like it was meant to be.
Instead of being excessively concerned about propriety and decorum, this movie has a real impact on the viewer. The casting of Miriam Hopkins to play the role of Temple Drake, the somewhat wayword granddaughter of a small town judge was perfect and her portrayal was first rate. I must admit I did not expect this movie to be as good as it was, I guess in part because it is not one that I had even heard of before.
Well, I am glad I did hear of it and that I got to see it, if for no other reason than to applaud the film, the star and the director.