Will Geer and Juano Hernandez also co-starred in The Reivers, which was also based on a novel by William Faulkner.

William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949, the year after "Intruder in the Dust" was published and the same year the film was released.

Lucas Beauchamp and his wife appeared in an earlier Faulkner story in the collection "Go Down, Moses"

MGM paid Faulkner $50,000 for the film rights to his 1948 novel.

The film was shot on location in Faulkner's hometown of Oxford, Mississippi.