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The Intruder (1962)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 January 1963 (Norway)
A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Cramer
Frank Maxwell ...
Tom McDaniel
Beverly Lunsford ...
Ella McDaniel
Verne Shipman
Sam Griffin
Charles Barnes ...
Joey Greene
Charles Beaumont ...
Mr. Paton
Katherine Smith ...
Ruth McDaniel
Phil West
William F. Nolan ...
Bart Carey (as William Nolan)
Phoebe Rowe ...
Mrs. Lambert
Bo Dodd ...
Walter Kurtz ...
Oceo Ritch ...
Jack Allardyce (as O.C. Ritch)
Vi Griffin


A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. His name is Adam Cramer. He calls himself a social reformer. But his aim is to incite the people against letting black children into the town's white school. Soon he has the white citizens of the town worked up. He thinks he's leading them; but a man he befriends and immediately betrays knows better. The people have become a mob. The black leader of a church and a white newspaper editor soon feel its wrath. But after a false accusation against a black student, Adam Cramer may find the people are totally and permanently out of his control. Written by J. Spurlin

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He Fed Their Fears And Turned Neighbor Against Neighbor!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 1963 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

I Hate Your Guts!  »

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$90,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Roger Corman allegedly blamed star William Shatner's performance for the box-office failure of the movie, and the breaking of Corman's perfect track record of successes. Shatner jokingly suggested years later that the re-release title "I Hate Your Guts!" was probably aimed at him. See more »


At the beginning of Adam Cramer's speech in front of the town hall, he unbuttons his jacket twice. See more »


[first lines]
Adam Cramer: [to the little girl he helps out of the bus] There you go... Ma'am.
Little Girl's Mother: Thank you... What do you say to the nice gentleman?
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Referenced in The Intruder: Shatner-Corman Interview (2001) See more »

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An overlooked gem
14 September 2007 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I don't know how I stumbled upon this film but I'm sure glad I did.

It talks about a young man, a missionary of sorts, who comes to a small Souther Town representing what is basically a racist organization. He and most of the townspeople are against the desegregation of schools.

The film is an excellent portrayal of racism in the South, showing how people felt. It has an extremely realistic feel to it, sometimes an almost documentary feel.

The most surprising thing is that this was directed by the king of low budget horror, Roger Corman. However if you look at this film, it will remind you nothing of his previous work, but instead shows a more serious side of him.

A hidden gem, see it.

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