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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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David Brian ...
Claude Jarman Jr. ...
Juano Hernandez ...
Lucas Beauchamp
Porter Hall ...
Nub Gowrie
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Eunice Habersham
Charles Kemper ...
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Vinson Gowrie
Elzie Emanuel ...
Aleck
Lela Bliss ...
Mrs. Mallison
Harry Hayden ...
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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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MGM paid Faulkner $50,000 for the film rights to his 1948 novel. 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: [to Uncle John] You're the lawyer. You're the talker.
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Fascinating...
6 April 2011 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

One can tell that they couldn't bear to have an actual mulatto/ lighter complexioned 'black' person play my cousin-- "Hernandez"?? Yes.. this was 1949. And, this movie was based on a book, which was based on my cousin Ben Ingram in Mississippi in around 1919/1920. The facts are even better than the fiction! Ben Ingram, his wife Ruth, and his daughter Ruth's picture were featured in a January 10, 2008 newspaper article. But the front page headline in a 1919 edition of The Commercial Appeal read the following manner: " Negro Kills White Man; Is Acquitted". This stunned the public in those days, as lynchings were a regular affair in the South, and my cousin, Ben Ingram, was acquitted by an all-male, all-'white' jury. He had the support and love of his friends and neighbors, both 'white' and 'black' and they rallied around his home and stayed with him. It is unfortunate that cousin Ben felt that to the end of his life he had to sleep with a gun, which should let us know the times that he had to endure!


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