Drama

Shame (1962)

Director: Roger Corman
Actors: William Shatner, Frank Maxwell, Beverly Lunsford, Robert Emhardt
Runtime: 84 min.

During the Civil Rights era, Adam Cramer (William Shatner) comes to a Southern town to stir up trouble and incite the local white population to resist desegregation on the eve of the court-ordered integration of a High School. The local newspaper editor is severely beaten when he tries to stand up to the crowd and Cramer convinces his daughter that he will be killed unless she does as he says.

Trivia: Based on a novel by Charles Beaumont. Roger Corman's original plan for the film was to spend $500,000 and cast Tony Randall in the leading role. He was unable to secure funding, but finally raised $80,000 but then had difficulty getting distribution and he ended up distributing the movie himself. Corman has said that this was his only film to ever lose money.