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Intruder in the Dust (1949)

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In 1940s Mississippi two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice and clear a black man of a murder charge.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
David Brian ...
John Gavin Stevens
Claude Jarman Jr. ...
Chick Mallison
Juano Hernandez ...
Lucas Beauchamp
Porter Hall ...
Nub Gowrie
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Eunice Habersham
Charles Kemper ...
Crawford Gowrie
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Sheriff Hampton
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Vinson Gowrie
Elzie Emanuel ...
Aleck
Lela Bliss ...
Mrs. Mallison
Harry Hayden ...
Mr. Mallison
Harry Antrim ...
Mr. Tubbs
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Rural Mississippi in the 1940s: Lucas Beauchamp, a local black man with a reputation of not kowtowing to whites, is found standing over the body of a dead white man, holding a pistol that has recently been fired. Quickly arrested for murder and jailed, Beauchamp insists he's innocent and asks the town's most prominent lawyer, Gavin Stevens, to defend him, but Stevens refuses. When a local boy whom Beauchamp has helped in the past and who believes him to be innocent hears talk of a mob taking Beauchamp out of jail and lynching him, he pleads with Stevens to defend Beauchamp at trial and prove his innocence. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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22 November 1950 (France)  »

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Will Geer and Juano Hernandez also co-starred in The Reivers (1969), which was also based on a novel by William Faulkner. See more »

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When Chick comes out of the water his hair is dry even though he had been completely under water. But, when he get to Lucas's cabin and takes off his wet clothes, his hair is wet. See more »

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Sheriff Hampton: What I want to know is what chick and his buddy would have done if there had been a body in that coffin?
Chick Mallison: I don't know. I hadn't thought about it.
Aleck: [Nervously] Uh, I did.
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Oxford, Miss was the site of locations shots
6 March 2005 | by (LOS ANGELES CA) – See all my reviews

This film was set, filmed, and premiered in Oxford, Miss., the hometown of W. Faulkner, the locale of the 1948 book. Most of the extras were locals. I've been to Oxford, and it has greatly changed. This film features Will Geer as the sheriff;he was later blacklisted. It was the writers and actors of social dramas such as this film, and Grapes Of Wrath, that were targets of the HUAC a few years later. I don't recall if the actor playing the young Mallison boy (Claude Jarman Jr) did anything after the TV series Centennial (1978), but he was terrific in this earlier film. And do not miss Elizabeth Patterson who later played in Little Women.


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