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The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

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.

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Comment by Rupert Alistair on March 29, 2009 at 7:08pm
I have never had the opportunity to see this movie, though I've always wanted to. I did read the Faulkner book that it is based on "Sanctuary". Pretty raw stuff for the times (or even now).
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Comment by Bill on March 24, 2009 at 3:06pm
As you pointed out before Chris, there is a complete series of videos on YouTube. I have downloaded files like this before using the HQ quality and then made a DVD with special software. Works quite well.
Comment by Christopher on March 24, 2009 at 3:02pm
Its not on regular DVD yet but You can purchase a DVD-R of ioffer.com (link below)..I've gotten several pre-code and assorted oddball discs from this place and have been quite satisfied with them..THis my be a copy from TCM or VHS..but its all there is at this time... :o)
http://www.ioffer.com/i/The-Story-of-Temple-Drake-1933-Miriam-Hopkins-98463211
Comment by Bill on March 24, 2009 at 2:55pm
Someone I know made a DVD disc of it for me from a VHS tape. As far as I know it is not available on DVD commercially.
Comment by Kate Gabrielle on March 24, 2009 at 5:14am
I just read about this in film in the book Pre-Code Hollywood, but I didn't know it was available anywhere.. where did you find a copy? I'm so eager to see it!!
Comment by Christopher on March 23, 2009 at 10:09pm
I was just reading about this one and got to looking at Video of it on You Tube and noticed the cinematography was a cut above..then discovered it was lensed by the great Karl Struss..Murnau's- Sunrise..Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde-'32,....Ben Hur-25....Sparrows...The Great Dictator..many others....I'm looking to pick up a DVD-R here right away..

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