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Overview

Intruder in the Dust

Intruder in the Dust is one of the best of Hollywood's postwar "racial tolerance" cycle--a cycle that would come to an abrupt end in the politically paranoid 1950s. Based on a novel by William Faulkner, the film takes place in a small Mississippi town (it was filmed on location in and around Oxford, MS). Juano Hernandez plays an African-American landowner who is arrested on a murder charge. Resentful of Hernandez' industriousness, the white townsfolk are eager to see him hang. David Brian, the attorney uncle of a young white boy (Claude Jarman Jr.) who has befriended Hernandez, agrees to take the accused man's case. His job is complicated by the lynch-mob mentality fomented by the dead man's brother (Charles Kemper) and Hernandez' refusal to reveal the name of the man he suspects as the killer. The hostile atmosphere reaches a fever pitch, but justice is ultimately served. Intruder in the Dust stands out among other films of its period with its refusal to stoop to any form of condescension towards its black characters or to rationalize the behavior of the bigots. Though produced by MGM, the film wisely displays none of that studio's patented glossiness, opting instead for a dusty, sun-scorched, fleabitten veneer that enhances the film's basic realism.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
UPC: 0883316317006
Original Release: 1949
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 10,884

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Brian John Gavin Stevens
Claude Jarman Chick Mallison
Juano Hernandez Lucas Beauchamp
Charles Kemper Crawford Gowrie
Will Greer Sheriff Hampton
Elizabeth Patterson Miss Habersham
Porter Hall Nub Gowrie
David Clarke Vinson Gowrie
Elzie Emanuel Aleck
Lela Bliss Mrs. Mallison
Harry Hayden Mr. Mallison
Harry Antrim Mr. Tubbs
Alberta Dishmon Paralee
James Kirkwood Black Convict
Edmund Lowe Actor
Ephraim Lowe Gowrie Twin
John Morgan Actor
Dan White Will Legate
R.X. Williams Mr. Lilley

Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director,Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Randall Duell Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Robert J. Kern Editor
Ben Maddow Screenwriter
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
William Faulkner Source Author

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