Intruder in the Dust
Actor Claude Jarman, Jr. was discovered by MGM and cast in The Yearling; other roles include parts in Rio Grande and The Intruder. He was executive director of the San Francisco International Film Festival from 1968 to 1980.
Juano Hernandez, Claude Jarman, Jr., David Brian, Elizabeth Patterson,
Shot in Faulkner country—Oxford, Mississippi—this adaptation of his novel was one of the first films to break the Hollywood taboo on the subject of racism; today it shows how Faulkner is more relevant than ever. The story of a black man, Lucas, who incurs a town’s wrath by refusing to act like a “nigger,” and of Chick, a white boy who finds his own dignity in helping save Lucas from a lynch mob, is rescued from melodrama by the extraordinary performances of Juano Hernandez and Claude Jarman, Jr., and the use of much of Faulkner’s original dialogue.