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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I'm in trouble, George... bad trouble 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?


Montgomery Clift showed up for the shoot with his drama coach, Mira Rostova. This did not cause friction on the set because George Stevens simply barred Rostova from the premises, so Clift had to consult with her well out of Stevens' sight. Clift kept up such intensity as George, he would find himself drenched in sweat at the end of a scene. He told Taylor that "that's the worst part about acting ? your body doesn't know you're acting. It sweats and makes adrenalin just as though your emotions were real." See more »


At the beginning of the seduction scene at Alice's apartment her radio is playing a quiet samba tune. Yet when the volume is accidentally bumped up, the song turns into a brash college fight song instead of a louder version of the samba. Once George turns the volume back to it's original level the fight song disappears and the soft samba magically returns as well. See more »


Prisoner in George's cell block: [Lat Lines]
[Said to George as he walks to the electric chair]
Prisoner in George's cell block: Good-bye, George. I'll be seeing you.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.18 (1956) See more »


Rescue the Perishing
(1869) (uncredited)
Hymn by Fanny Crosby
Music by Howard Doane (1870)
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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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