WATCH: Roger Corman on working with William Shatner on The Intruder

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Oct 31, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT

Roger Corman has made an indelible mark on the Hollywood film community over his 62-year career while churning out schlocky horror B-movies, exploitation crime dramas, crazy creature features, and steamy women in prison flicks.

He's also helped launch the movie career of creative types like Ron Howard, Jack Nicholson, James Cameron, Charles Bronson, Jonathan Demme, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, and many others.

Corman directed William Shatner in one of the future starship captain's earliest films and first leads, 1962's The Intruder. Shatner played Adam Cramer, a racist man venturing into a small southern town to protest high school integration with blacks and incite angry public outcries. It was budgeted at $80K and released during a time of brewing civil unrest in America.

SYFY WIRE continued its conversation with the legendary filmmaker where he recalled working with a pre-Star Trek Shatner, explained the importance of this socially conscious film for both of their careers, and reveals that the movie finally made it into the black after 40 years.

Additional reporting by Jeff Spry.