Is "A Place in the Sun" based on a book?
A Place in the Sun is based on the 1925 novel An American Tragedy by American writer Theodore Dreiser. The novel was adapted for the movie by screenwriters Michael Wilson and Harry Brown. The novel was also filmed as An American Tragedy in 1931.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for A Place in the Sun can be found here.
George is arrested and taken to jail. He admits that he intended to kill Alice but maintains that, after he got her out on the lake, he couldn't go through with it, and then the boat overturned. However, the evidence and the public opinion goes against him, and District Attorney Frank Marlowe (Raymond Burr) vows that George will get the electric chair. George's only concern is whether or not Angela has tried to contact him, but he is informed that both the prosecution and the defense have agreed to keep Angela out of the proceedings. During his lengthy trial, George swears that he did not strike Alice or toss her into the water and that the whole thing was an accident. Unfortunately, the jury rules against him, and George is found guilty of first-degree murder. As George waits on death row, his mother (Anne Revere) comes to visit him and his priest asks him the big question: When you were on the lake with Alice and the boat capsized and you might have saved her, who were you thinking of...Alice or Angela? George's thoughts flash to Angela's kiss, but he says nothing. The priest concludes that murder was in George's heart. Finally, Angela comes to visit. Angela professes her undying love for George. In the final scene, George is led down the walk to the electric chair. In his mind is only the memory of Angela's kiss.