A review plus background information about Paramount pre-Code The Story of Temple Drake (1933), adapted from Sanctuary by William Faulkner. Book and adaptation are compared and contrasted. Casting and path to screen are covered, including George Raft’s refusal to appear in the film. Biographical information about stars Miriam Hopkins and Jack La Rue. Lengthy article, over 5,500 words, first appeared in Classic Movie Monthly #5.
George Raft was originally cast as Trigger in The Story of Temple Drake (1933), but opted out. He feared that the controversial film, based on William Faulkner’s Sanctuary, would ruin his career. Jack La Rue was cast opposite Miriam Hopkins instead. Did Raft make the right choice?