Intruder in the Dust (film)
Intruder in the Dust is a 1949 crime drama film produced and directed by Clarence Brown and starring David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr. and Juano Hernandez. The film is based on the novel Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner.
|Intruder in the Dust|
|Directed by||Clarence Brown|
|Produced by||Clarence Brown|
|Written by||Ben Maddow|
Claude Jarman Jr.
|Music by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Edited by||Robert Kern|
The film closely follows the plot line of the Faulkner novel. It tells the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a respectable and rich black man, who is unjustly accused of the murder of white man Vincent Gowrie. Through the help of two teenage boys, the town lawyer and an elderly lady he is able to prove his innocence.
- David Brian as John Gavin Stevens
- Claude Jarman Jr. as Chick Mallison
- Juano Hernandez as Lucas Beauchamp
- Porter Hall as Nub Gowrie
- Elizabeth Patterson as Miss Eunice Habersham
- Will Geer as Sheriff Hampton
- Charles Kemper as Crawford Gowrie
- David Clarke as Vinson Gowrie
- Elzie Emanuel as Aleck
- Lela Bliss as Mrs. Mallison
- Harry Hayden as Mr. Mallison
- Harry Antrim as Mr. Tubbs, prison warder
- Dan White as Will Legate, gunman
- Gene Roper as son of country store owner
According to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer records the film earned $643,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $194,000 elsewhere, for a worldwide box office of $837,000.
In 1950, David Brian and Juano Hernandez were respectively nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer – Male at the 7th Golden Globe Awards. The film was listed as one of the ten best of the year by The New York Times. Faulkner said of the film: "I'm not much of a moviegoer, but I did see that one. I thought it was a fine job. That Juano Hernandez is a fine actor--and man, too."
More than 50 years later, in 2001, film historian Donald Bogle wrote that Intruder in the Dust broke new ground in the cinematic portrayal of blacks, and Hernandez's "performance and extraordinary presence still rank above that of almost any other black actor to appear in an American movie."
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- Bogle, Donald (2001). Toms, coons, mulattoes, mammies, and bucks: an interpretive history of Blacks in American films (Fourth ed.). London: Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-1267-X.
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- Intruder in the Dust at the TCM Movie Database