Roger and Gene Corman's The Intruder comes to grips with a controversial issue - integration, and those who would defy the law of the land - in an adult, intelligent and arresting manner.
Roger and Gene Corman’s The Intruder comes to grips with a controversial issue – integration, and those who would defy the law of the land – in an adult, intelligent and arresting manner.Charles Beaumont’s screenplay, from his novel, dramatizes the campaign instigated in a Southern US town by a slick, cocky, vain, unstable merchant of hate (from the so-called Patrick Henry Society in Washington) to urge the white residents to strike back against the law of integration. The man’s primary incentive is actually personal ambition, but the mobs that at first rally round turn away in disgust when the true motives surface after a series of terrifying, reprehensible incidents. William Shatner masterfully plays the bigot. Especially sharp, noteworthy support is contributed by Jeanne Cooper and Leo Gordon.
Pathe America/Filmgroup. Director Roger Corman; Producer Roger Corman; Screenplay Charles Beaumont; Camera Taylor Byars; Editor Ronald Sinclair; Music Herman Stein
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1962. Running time: 84 MIN.
William Shatner Frank Maxwell Beverley Lunsford Robert Emhardt Jeanne Cooper Leo Gordon
Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more