Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  22 November 1950 (France)
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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:
Juano Hernandez ...
Lucas Beauchamp
Porter Hall ...
Crawford Gowrie
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Eunice Habersham
Charles Kemper ...
Nub Gowrie
Sheriff Hampton
Vinson Gowrie
Elzie Emanuel ...
Lela Bliss ...
Mrs. Mallison
Harry Hayden ...
Mr. Mallison
Harry Antrim ...
Mr. Tubbs


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

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22 November 1950 (France)  »

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L'intrus  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Lucas Beauchamp and his wife appeared in an earlier Faulkner story in the collection "Go Down, Moses" See more »


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 »


John Gavin Stevens: [to Lucas] You don't want justice; you want mercy.
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13 May 2010 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Juano Hernandez plays Lucas Beauchamp, a black farmer with a ten acre spread, who is facing a lynching at the hands of hundreds of poor and destitute looking whites who have come into the small Southern town by the busload, as he is locked away in the town's aging jail. His only hope is to prove his innocence of the crime of murdering one of the Gowrie boys, a family klan of five sons led by a father who lost an arm a long time ago as well as his wife. The back story of Lucas, the Gowries, and the assembling of whites who look more the part of poverty than any other film I've ever seen, give this film a heightened sense of realism, which is added to by super intelligent overall development. While there is a certain amount of overt racism in the film, the real story seems to lie in the faces of all the people the camera catches, whether they (the people) speak any lines or not. The crowd never really turns into the mob that you expect it to, which actually makes this movie more interesting and exciting. The film masterfully avoids that drama in order to get at the underlying decency of all the people. This is a must see for Will Geer fans, as he plays the skeptical sheriff who brings Beauchamp in near the film's beginning, with a crowd already gathering. Set amidst dirt roads, rundown farmhouses, with an intriguing batch of quicksand that is under a bridge, all of which now has probably been paved over, Intruder In The Dust is a real look at a life that doesn't exist anymore.

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