Intruder in the Dust (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Intruder in the Dust
Intruder in the Dust VideoCover.png
DVD cover
Directed byClarence Brown
Produced byClarence Brown
Written byBen Maddow
StarringDavid Brian
Claude Jarman Jr.
Juano Hernández
Music byAdolph Deutsch
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byRobert Kern
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 22, 1949 (1949-11-22) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$837,000[1]

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 1948 novel Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner.


The film closely follows the plot line of the Faulkner novel. It tells the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a respectable and independent 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.



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.[1][2]

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.[3] 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."[4]

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."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ a b Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 431
  3. ^ "Early Black Cinema", True West Magazine, August 2005, p. 22
  4. ^ "Faulkner's Home, Family and Heritage Were Genesis of Yoknapatawpha County". The New York Times. 7 July 1962. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  5. ^ 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.

External links[edit]