The Story of Temple Drake

Los Angeles: Paramount, 1933. Original lobby card for the 1933 pre-Code film, based on William Faulkner's 1931 novel, "Sanctuary."

Based on William Faulkner's 1931 novel, "Sanctuary." An extremely rare film, only shown at festivals on occasion since its release, with only one known nitrate print in storage at UCLA. Along with "Baby Face," made the same year, "The Story of Temple Drake" is one of the most notorious of the films from the pre-Code area, so controversial that it was ordered never to be shown again after the Production Code Administration was instituted the following year. The controversy comes straight Faulkner's source material, wherein a wealthy and neurotic Southern belle is trapped in a hideout with a gang of vicious criminal bootleggers. The leader of the gang, Trigger, lusts after the woman, and her subsequent rape is presented in a manner that was unheard of at the time. George Raft, under contract to Paramount, was assigned the part, but found the part repulsive and went to battle with the studio in a suit that nearly cost him his career.

11 x 14 inches, Near Fine, with a holograph graphite notation to the verso.

[Book #141215]

Price: $750.00