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A Place in the Sun (1951)

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:
Kathryn Givney ...
Art Jansen - George's Attorney
Judge R.S. Oldendorff
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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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Release Date:

September 1951 (USA)  »

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?


George Stevens liked to play music on the set between takes to keep actors in the mood. Franz Waxman had already written several cues and themes for the film, so on the Paramount stages Stevens would play portions of his score, particularly the "party theme." See more »


Alice Tripp is wearing different shoes when she starts walking home from the movie with George Eastman than she is when they are close to where she lives. When Winters pointed out to director Stevens that the brown and white shoes she was wearing turned to black when she walked around the corner, the director refused to reshoot the scene. According to Winters he said, "If they're looking at her feet I can go home." See more »


Angela: Did you promise to be a good boy? Not to waste your time on girls?
George Eastman: I don't waste my time.
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Music by Rudolph G. Kopp
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Read the book first?
30 May 1999 | by (Medicine Hat, Alberta) – See all my reviews

To Hell with the book! That's the old cliche about ANY movie...if you've read the author's version and have your own mind's eye scenario firmly in place, almost NO movie will ever compete. However, movies are made to bring the mass audience to a (sometimes) great literary work that would otherwise be relegated to obscurity. "Loved the book...hated the movie...yadda, yadda, yadda". In any case, George Stevens' adaptation of this novel is a magnificent piece of filmmaking. The sheer "beauty" of Clift and Taylor in their prime, doomed to an unachievable fruition of their romance due to the difference in "class" and Clift's apparently deliberate failure to save the life of his frumpy little girlfriend (Shelley Winters in a thankless role)is heartwrenching.....star-crossed lovers in the Romeo and Juliet vein. The sub-title of the book "An American Tragedy" is certainly appropriate. I agree the movie takes a rather LONG time to get to it's denoument, and Raymond Burr is WAY over the top as the film-ending prosecutor. However, you will NEVER see two young actors as tragic and beautiful as Montgomery and Elizabeth...when she says "Tell mamma...tell momma all" and Monty clutches her towards him and almost brutally clamps a big kiss while the camera circles...oh my!! Of course, the REAL tragedy was that, off screen, Elizabeth was MAD for Monty and was even prepared to put up with his bisexuality. Wouldn't they have made a great looking couple at film openings, the Oscars, etc.? But I digress...the stark black and white photography, great background music and fabulous acting (particularly by the stage-trained and film-cautious Monty in a fish-out-of-water role)adds up to a memorable viewing experience. If this one doesn't tear your heart out, you HAVE no heart!!!

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