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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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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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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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John Gavin Stevens: [to Chick as he looks out over the crowds in town] They don't know it out there, but he does. He knows he's finished. He's running through his last few pennies of freedom, and, I reckon, he's gonna spend them the only way he knows... on revenge.
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With a needle and a thread ,she tamed a maddening crowd.
28 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Intruder in the dust" is unfairly forgotten today.Nowadays almost every movie involving racism,murder,lawyer and infuriated crowd ends up in the court,in an endless trial .This one does not,everything happens in a small south town,or in the country around.It features intriguing scenes ,particularly the one when two teenagers and an old lady open a grave at night to exhume a dead body;even stronger is the scene when the same lady keeps the crowd from entering the jail,without a gun, sitting on her chair while a brute is pouring gas around her.Juano Hernandez is equally effective in his part of an innocent black man-I've rarely seen so much dignity in this kind of role-.

Also remarkable is the almost complete absence of music,which gives the movie a modern feel.Excellent dialog,with brilliant lines ,towards the end of the movie,between the lawyer and his nephew .This young lad plays a prominent part in the story,which is not surprising,coming from Clarence Brown,who perfectly directed young actors ("the yearling" and "National Velvet")


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