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January 20, 2017

Special Report: The Intruder (1962)

Special Guest: Jason V. Brock
Guest Co-Host: Elric Kane, Chris Stachiw

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we're looking at the 1962 film from Roger Corman, The Intruder. The film stars William Shatner as Adam Cramer, a stranger who comes to the Southern town of Caxton, a town on the brink of school integration. Cramer is there to stop integration or, moreover, he’s there to stir up trouble.

The film was written by who based the screenplay on his own novel of the same name.

Elric Kane and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss this remarkable and disturbing film that demonstrates how a demagogue can rise to power by stoking the fires of fear and hatred.

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  1. The Intruder was shot in SE Missouri, (Sikeston, to be precise), roughly 30 miles south of where I grew up. At the time of the movie, Sikeston was known to be the site of the local Klavern. So the background people, the locals - they're NOT acting.

    1. Corman picked Sikeston for a reason. From Wiki: Sikeston was the site of the first lynching to occur in the United States since the onset of World War II. In the early hours of Sunday, January 25, 1942, a Black man named Cleo Wright was arrested on charges of allegedly assaulting a white woman. Upon resisting arrest, Wright was shot several times by a city night marshal. The local General Hospital refused to admit Wright for treatment of his injuries due to his race. Police initially brought the ailing Wright to his home to die, but later returned him to the city jail, where a white mob abducted Wright in the early afternoon and burned him alive in front of two Black church congregations. The lynching spurred the first ever federal investigation into a civil rights matter, though no indictments were made.

  2. I know you are a busy man but I would recommend watching this if you have the time.