A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

Montgomery Clift
Director: George Stevens Cast: Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift
, Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
George Stevens

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Previously filmed in 1931 under its original title, Theodore Dreiser's bulky but brilliant novel An American Tragedy was remade in 1951 by George Stevens as A Place in the Sun. Montgomery Clift stars as George Eastman, a handsome and charming but basically aimless young man who goes to work in a factory run by a distant, wealthy relative. Feeling lonely one evening, he has a brief rendezvous with assembly-line worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters), but he forgets all about her when he falls for dazzling socialite Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor). Alice can't forget about him, though: she is pregnant with his child. Just when George's personal and professional futures seem assured, Alice demands that he marry her or she'll expose him to his society friends. This predicament sets in motion a chain of events that will ultimately include George's arrest and numerous other tragedies, including a vicious cross-examination by a D.A. played by future Perry Mason Raymond Burr. A huge improvement over the 1931 An American Tragedy, directed by Josef von Sternberg, A Place in the Sun softens some of the rough edges of Dreiser's naturalism, most notably in the passages pertaining to George's and Angela's romance. Even those 1951 bobbysoxers who wouldn't have been caught dead poring through the Dreiser original were mesmerized by the loving, near-erotic full facial closeups of Clift and Taylor as they pledge eternal devotion. A Place in the Sun won six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography, although it lost Best Picture to An American in Paris.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
UPC: 0032429273338
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 5,780

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Montgomery Clift George Eastman
Elizabeth Taylor Angela Vickers
Shelley Winters Alice Tripp
Keefe Brasselle Earl Eastman
Anne Revere Hannah Eastman
Fred Clark Bellows
Raymond Burr Frank Marlowe
Herbert Heyes Charles Eastman
Shepperd Strudwick Anthony Vickers
Frieda Inescort Mrs. Vickers
Kathryn Givney Mrs. Louise Eastman
Walter Sande Jansen
Ted de Corsia Judge
John Ridgely Coroner
Lois Chartand Marsha Eastman
William Murphy Mr. Whiting
Douglas Spencer Boatkeeper
Charles Dayton Kelly
Paul H. Frees Rev. Morrison
Gertrude Astor Actor
Mike Pat Donovan Actor
Carmencita Johnson Girl
Louise Lane Actor
Martin Mason Prisoner
Ed O'Neill Deputy
Joe Recht Actor
Billy Sheehan Court Clerk
Lulu Mae Bohrman Woman
Frances Driver Maid
Pat Combs Actor
Marion Gray Actor
Ann Frederick Actor
Dolores Hall Actor
Robert Anderson Eagle Scout
Ken Christy Warden
Ralph Dunn Policeman
Laura Elliot Miss Harper
Al Ferguson Bailiff
Kathleen Freeman Martha
Lisa Golm Maid
Sam Harris Man
Len Hendry Guard
James Horne Tom Tipton
Frank Hyers Guard
Mary Kent Mrs. Roberts
Philip Kieffer Jailer
Mike Mahoney Motorcycle Officer
Robert Malcolm Guard
Lee Miller Bus Driver
Hans Moebus Butler at Eastman House
Jay Morley Executive
Ezelle Poule Receptionist
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Factory Guard
Josephine Whittell Secretary to Charles Eastman
Eric Wilton Butler
Ian Wolfe Dr. Wyeland
Frank Yaconelli Truck Driver
Jim Horne Actor

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director,Producer
Harry Brown Screenwriter
Charles C. Coleman Asst. Director
Hans Dreier Art Director
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Gene Merritt Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Moffat Associate Producer
Walter Tyler Art Director
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Michael Wilson Screenwriter

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