The Intruder (1962)

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The Intruder was not only Roger Corman's most daring and unusual film, but a unique movie in the history of cinema, as one of the few theatrical feature films to deal with school desegregation in the South. William Shatner gives the performance of a lifetime as Adam Cramer, a sly, rabble-rousing racist who travels the South in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision, fomenting protests and riots and organizing white citizens groups with himself at their head. By turns quietly soft-spoken and boldly charismatic, Cramer arrives in a small town where the local white high school is about to get its first black students and manipulates the men, women, and students around him, quietly taking control of the debate and the agenda, and turning a tense situation into a riot. He's opposed by Frank Maxwell, playing a local newspaper editor who pays a terrible price for his thoughtful and reasonable nature, Jeanne Cooper as a woman whom he tried to seduce, and Leo V. Gordon (in a rare benevolent role) as her husband, a working man without a lot of patience for rabble-rousers. In the end, after maiming one man and nearly killing another, Cramer is stopped when he is exposed for what he is -- weak and pathetic when confronted directly. The film was shot on-location in the South despite the active opposition of local authorities and threats from members of the Ku Klux Klan, and once finished, Corman discovered that there was hardly a theater anywhere in America that was willing to play it, because the movie's subject was so incendiary. Thus, The Intruder became just about the only movie Corman ever made that lost money, and was much more widely seen in Europe, where it was greeted simply as a bold, unusual, and well-made film. For reasons not entirely clear, The Intruder turned up on various "public domain" lists in the early '80s and showed up on different cable channels specializing in such fare, but it was never actually out-of-copyright, and finally surfaced in an authorized DVD edition in April of 2001. In addition to future television star Shatner, the cast includes the future soap opera star Jeanne Cooper. Charles Beaumont, a regular contributor to The Twilight Zone, among other anthology series, and whose novel was the source for the film, portrays the school principal. William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, best-known as the authors of the novel Logan's Run, also play small roles.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Classics , Cult Movies , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Pathé-America Distributing Company

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Cast

William Shatner
as Adam Cramer
Jeanne Cooper
as Vi Griffin
Leo Gordon
as Sam Griffin
Frank Maxwell
as Tom McDaniel
Beverly Lunsford
as Ella McDaniel
Robert Emhardt
as Verne Shipman
Charles Barnes
as Joey Green
Charles Beaumont
as Mr. Paton
Katherine Smith
as Ruth McDaniel
William F. Nolan
as Bart Carey
Oceo Ritch
as Jack Allardyce
Phoebe Row
as Mrs. Lambert
William Nolan
as Bart Carey
Phoebe Rowe
as Mrs. Lambert
Bo Dodd
as Sheriff
Walter Kurtz
as Gramps
OCee Ritch
as Jack Allardyce
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Critic Reviews for The Intruder

All Critics (3)

Shatner gives a very scary performance (this was pre-"Star Trek"). Corman's direction is gritty and uncompromising.

Full Review… | March 29, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

...suffers from an amateurish vibe that extends to virtually every aspect of the proceedings.

Full Review… | January 21, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Hollywood should continually revisit the film for an example of how to tell a socially significant story without preaching

Full Review… | October 9, 2007
7M Pictures

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Full Review… | March 15, 2012
eFilmCritic.com

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Full Review… | January 2, 2012
Jigsaw Lounge

Audience Reviews for The Intruder

Fantastic, gripping, very intense race based drama/thriller based in the 1960's southern U.S. Produced and directed by horror B film maker, Roger Corman. The integration of the nation and particularly the southern U.S. is on trial here in this fascinating look back at civil strife and unrest, not so much from black society but very much from white. Other titles included: Shame, The Stranger, The Intruder. [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQhRhIqDjpMCMERFLey1fIh2XdVxmEXonJFella18GhtgC4gPR1[/img] The trailer can be seen at: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4200585/the_intruder_movie_trailer/ [img]http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8pvx4bb7R1qzsuffo1_500.png[/img] Shattner The entire film at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhhLnJ7WI4c or http://www.archive.org/details/shame_ [img]http://i.cdn.turner.com/trutv/trutv.com/graphics/conspiracy/gallery/hollywood/shatner/the-intruder.jpg[/img] REVIEWS by the unknown: 100% The film that got away ... A must see. Yet today there is a strain of racists persisting thru out the country, who are not very different from the loc... 100% A Roger Coreman masterpiece. It came in the mail today and let me tell ya, the movie is still ridiculously relevant today. "One of the scariest roles William Shatner has ever done." Stars lead actor William Shatner who brilliantly plays an outsider (Intruder) to a small, sleepy southern town. His aim is to revive racial intolerance and hatred back to the South, claiming to be a spokesperson for the "Patrick Henry Society". Feeding into the well established hatred of blacks in the South, Shatner comes in his fine white suit ready to preach old time religion (racism) to the town next on his list. Newly made laws regarding integration have recently been enacted in the deep South, causing much bitterness but resignation to the idea that blacks and whites must have equal opportunitity to education and the legal process. Provides an outstanding introduction to social unrest in the 1960's for those too young to know or those to old to remember. A refresher course in racial history as it existed all over the U.S., but of course the deep South is the typical whipping boy for all things hateful or racist. Some familiar faces show up in this fine and highly unusual Corman film. Also known as Shame. [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSlWYMjy93sFW9c3XULUpgHBk2A_rJoUaCTF7a1Fm4lod3IWjc[/img] Going for a ride with some of the guys NOTES about the film: 1 According to Director Roger Cormen (horror B film maker), the only film of his 300 that failed to make money. (Understandable since it had a political/social commentary that favored integration over segregation as a theme. Many were not too sypmpathetic to racial harmony at the time.) 2 Charles Beaumont, a regular contributor to The Twilight Zone, among other anthology series, and whose novel was the source for the film, portrays the school principal. William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, best-known as the authors of the novel Logan's Run, also play small roles 3 The film was shot on-location in the U.S. south despite the active opposition of local authorities and threats from members of the Ku Klux Klan, and once finished, Corman discovered that there was hardly a theater anywhere in America that was willing to play it, because the movie's subject was so incendiary. Thus, The Intruder became just about the only movie Corman ever made that lost money. 4 In addition to future television star Shatner, the cast includes the future soap opera star Jeanne Cooper. 5 Veteran actor Leo V. Gordon (in a rare benevolent role) a working man without a lot of patience for rabble-rousers becomes the only man capable of turning back the movie ending mob scene. Movie tagline: "He Fed Their Fears And Turned Neighbor Against Neighbor!" [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRxmSDs4JdHf1D41LZkAJEuCmFmtxL5v6EQCq8orrEvXRx6Ivw1Jg[/img] Director: Roger Corman Producer: Roger Corman Production Company: Roger Corman Productions Audio/Visual: sound, black & white Actors: William Shatner, Robert Emhardt, Leo Gordon, Frank Maxwell, Beverly Lunsford, Jeanne Cooper, Charles Barnes, Charles Beaumont, George Clayton Johnson, Katherine Smith, William F. Nolan, Phoebe Rowe, Bo Dodd, Walter Kurtz, Oceo Ritch [img]http://cf2.imgobject.com/t/p/w342/mKT1h1kJ5DKHGLzxrCFgQxiqrt8.jpg[/img] Running time: 83 minutes .

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

please people, watch this, it's terrific. corman's best film. and who knew shatner could act. easily found on youtube

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

An enlightening, and highly disturbing, moral fable centering on racism and forced desegregation in a small southern town. Half way through the film I didn't like it - the racism seemed front and center like a leading character. And the townsfolk just accepted this racism as a necessary part of "Southern Hospitality". The ending is highly satisfying though, and I'm glad I trusted Corman to bring the film to an interesting conclusion: reminded me a little of the 1971 film "Cold Turkey" with the town facing up to it's own shortcomings - but in "The Intruder" there's no comedy, just the awkwardness of collective culpability. "What can you do?" One of Shatner's best performances and certainly another excellent Corman film. Everyone's got something to sell, including information and lifestyles. If we, individually or collectively, believe 'convenient truths' we're told - we can become sheep for the slaughter or a pack of wolves willing to destroy anything for the promise of "a better world for all". Both the recent Tea-Party and Occupy movements might have gained from watching this film. Just a little background: Brown v BofEd was heard, twice, by the supreme court in 1953. In 1957, Arkansas Governor Faubus called out his state's National Guard to block black students' entry to Little Rock Central High School. President Dwight Eisenhower responded by deploying elements of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell and by federalizing Faubus' National Guard. In 1963, Alabama Gov. Wallace declared "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" during his inaugural speech and soon after he personally blocked the doors at the University of Alabama to prevent the enrollment of two black students. Gov. Wallace eventually moved aside when confronted by General H. Graham of the Alabama National Guard, who was ordered by President John F. Kennedy to intervene. This film was released in May of 1962 (months before the Wallace incident), so the issue of racial equality in public education was still unsettled when the film was released.

Christopher Bergan
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