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A Place in the Sun -- Montgomery Clift stars as George Eastman, a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Shelley Winters plays the factory girl whose dark secret threatens Eastman's professional and romantic prospects.


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Release Date:
11 October 1951 (France) See more »
Love that paid the severest of all penalties! See more »
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Read the book first? See more (137 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Montgomery Clift ... George Eastman

Elizabeth Taylor ... Angela Vickers

Shelley Winters ... Alice Tripp

Anne Revere ... Hannah Eastman
Keefe Brasselle ... Earl Eastman

Fred Clark ... Bellows

Raymond Burr ... Dist. Atty. R. Frank Marlowe
Herbert Heyes ... Charles Eastman
Shepperd Strudwick ... Anthony Vickers
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Ann Vickers
Kathryn Givney ... Louise Eastman
Walter Sande ... Art Jansen - George's Attorney

Ted de Corsia ... Judge R.S. Oldendorff
John Ridgely ... Coroner
Lois Chartrand ... Marsha
Paul Frees ... Rev. Morrison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert J. Anderson ... Eagle Scout (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Breen ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Warden (uncredited)
Pat Combs ... (uncredited)
Frances Curry ... Lulu - Vickers' Maid (uncredited)
Charles Dayton ... Det. Kelly (uncredited)
Marilyn Dialon ... Frances Brand (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Company Executive (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Ann Fredericks ... Girl (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Factory Worker - Prosecution Witness (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Broadcaster / Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Eastmans' Maid (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... (uncredited)
Dolores Hall ... Girl (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Guard (uncredited)
James Horne Jr. ... Tom Tipton (uncredited)
Sonny Howe ... (uncredited)
Frank Hyers ... Guard (uncredited)
Carmencita Johnson ... Girl (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Man Listing to Singing (uncredited)
Mary Kent ... Mrs. Roberts - Landlady (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... Jailer (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Waiter (uncredited)
Louise Lane ... Girl (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Guard (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Martin Mason ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Harold McNulty ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Pearl Miller ... Miss Newton (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Courtroom Extra (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... William - Butler at Eastman Home (uncredited)
Jay Morley ... Executive (uncredited)
William B. Murphy ... Mr. Whiting (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Servant at Eastman's Party (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Factory Floorman (uncredited)
Ed O'Neill ... Deputy (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Prisoner (uncredited)
John M. Reed ... Joe Parker (uncredited)
Ervin Richardson ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Kasey Rogers ... Miss Harper (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Factory Guard (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Drunk (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Boatkeeper (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Company Executive (uncredited)
Cliff Storey ... (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Juror (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Margaret - Eastman's Secretary (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Vickers' Butler (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Wyeland (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Truck Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
Writing credits
Theodore Dreiser (novel "An American Tragedy")

Patrick Kearney (play adapted from the novel)

Michael Wilson (screenplay) and
Harry Brown (screenplay)

Produced by
Ivan Moffat .... associate producer
George Stevens .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (music score)
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist: Elizabeth Taylor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Gerd Oswald .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Loyal Griggs .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Paul Baxley .... stunt double: Montgomery Clift (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Shelley Winters (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunt double: Shelley Winters (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Aaron Copland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John C. Hammell .... music editor (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Guiol .... associate director
Howie Horwitz .... assistant to the producer
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
122 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (DVD re-rating) | Australia:G (original DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14461) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Elizabeth Taylor's "White lilac" gown became a fashion sensation and sold many copies and patterns.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the Vicker mansion, after learning that George is suspected of murdering Alice, Angela is escorted to her room by her mother and Lulu the maid. Angela collapses on a large oval hooked rug. Just as the camera pans to her mother you can see the open space in the mirror to the left where the camera is filming from outside the room "through the wall" and into Angela's room.See more »
Truck driver that picks up George hitchhiking:[First Lines]
[pulling up to Eastman Industries]
Truck driver that picks up George hitchhiking:Is this the place?
George Eastman:Yeah.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.126" (2010)See more »
Alma MaterSee more »


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Is this based on a true story?
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38 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Read the book first?, 30 May 1999
Author: Lawrence Davis ( from Medicine Hat, Alberta

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 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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