A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  11 October 1951 (France)
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A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Heyes ...
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Frieda Inescort ...
Kathryn Givney ...
Walter Sande ...
Art Jansen - George's Attorney
Judge R.S. Oldendorff
John Ridgely ...
Lois Chartrand ...


The young and poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) leaves his religious mother and Chicago and arrives in California expecting to find a better job in the business of his wealthy uncle Charles Eastman. His cousin Earl Eastman advises him that there are many women in the factory and the basic rule is that he must not hang around with any of them. George meets the worker of the assembly line, Alice Tripp, in the movie theater and they date. Meanwhile, the outcast George is promoted and he meets the gorgeous Angela Vickers at a party thrown at his uncle's house. Angela introduces him to the local high society and they fall in love with each other. However, Alice is pregnant and she wants to get married with George. During a dinner party at Angela's lake house with parents, relatives, and friends, Alice calls George from the bus station and gives him thirty minutes to meet her; otherwise she will crash the party and tell what has happened. George is pressed by the situation which ends ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Young people asking so much of Life... taking so much of Love! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 October 1951 (France)  »

Also Known As:

An American Tragedy  »

Box Office


$2,295,304 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of Alice Tripp, played by Shelley Winters, was originally meant for Audrey Totter. However, she was under contract to MGM at the time and the studio wouldn't loan her out. See more »


Earl mentions "Something more intimate maybe". Upon Angela's entrance, she replies, "Did I hear you were getting intimate, Earl darling?" Her lips are not saying this line. See more »


Angela: Goodbye, George.
[half-turns away and then looks back]
Angela: Seems like we always spend the best part of our time just saying goodbye.
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Remade as Leaning on the wind (2000) See more »


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Music by Frank Skinner
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Ahead of it's time and deserving of all praise.
10 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is very different from anything of it's time that I have ever seen.A man has a one night stand with a coworker and gets her pregnant.THEN he meets the woman of his dreams,the woman with everything;charm,good looks and Daddy's money.We then have a man who is torn between choosing to have it all and doing the right thing.The result of his struggles ends up very tragically as you will see.I was very taken aback by the film's sexual overtones,though it was only hinted at,of course.With the barrage of remakes in recent years,I am surprised it has not been remade with stronger sexual content.This is a very enjoyable film with good performances all around,particularly those of Shelley Winters and Monty Clift.Liz Taylor's strong screen presence is also a delight.A definite thumbs up.

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