Cinema: Sweepstakes

Hollywood used to shy away from heavy "messages" and social consciousness, but last week the moviemakers were feverishly racing one another to make problem pictures. Emboldened by last season's success at denouncing anti-Semitism (Crossfire, Gentleman's Agreement) and examining mental illness (The Snake Pit), Hollywood was tackling a new and difficult subject: the Negro problem. Apparently no one was much worried about how it would do at the box office; the only question was which company would get its picture out first.

M-G-M hurried to Mississippi on location to film William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust, a novel about an attempted lynching....

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