Faulkner In Hollywood
Learn more about the movies that came out of Faulkner's "Hollywood binge."
Today We Live (1933)
Based on the William Faulkner story Turn About; dialogue also written by Faulkner
Starring Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper
This movie follows the entanglement of three characters set during World War I: the young American Richard Bogard (Gary Cooper), the aristocratic English girl Diana Boyce-Smith (Joan Crawford), and her childhood sweetheart Claude Hope (Robert Young).
Interesting enough, Faulkner's original story did not have a female character. Adding the romantic triangle shifted Faulkner's original intent from a story about men at war into a melodrama. Nonetheless, creating the dialogue proved to be an interesting challenge for the writer.