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Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 24 March 1950 (Australia)
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:
... John Gavin Stevens
... Chick Mallison
... Lucas Beauchamp
... Nub Gowrie
... Miss Eunice Habersham
... Crawford Gowrie
... Sheriff Hampton
... Vinson Gowrie
... Aleck
Lela Bliss ... Mrs. Mallison
... 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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The film is generally considered as breaking new ground in its depiction of blacks on screen. In 1949, it was certainly highly progressive in the way it portrayed African-Americans. See more »

Goofs

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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Miss Eunice Habersham: [Cooly to Crawford Gowrie as he stands menacingly in the entrance to the jail with a can of gasoline] Please stay out of my light so I can thread my needle.
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Beautiful
14 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I usually don't like movies based on famous and well-established authors, "sure bets". They seem to be telling the public "You can't POSSIBLY dislike this!!!" I tend to prefer movies that take chances with unknown authors or actors, movies that care for art, not money. But this one is so well-made. Everything works: the photography, the acting, the pacing, and it has that documentary beauty of real life that so few movies have (love those window shots where you see small town downtown traffic!). It's historic interest also makes it enjoyable. A kind of poetry pervades this movie that makes it far more effective than the similar "To Kill a Mockingbird". Hernandez is pure dignity - character and actor - and Jarman is a most refreshing contrast to today's smart-alecky youth. He has a humility that is touching. It is hard to imagine another actor in that role. Is this movie on the side of the angels? Sure. And the black and white poetry saves it.


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