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A Place in the Sun

122 min
Drama | Romance
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George Stevens
Won 6 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1951-10-11
Filming Locations: Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Kasey Rogers
Kasey Rogers
A Place in the Sun
Montgomery Clift
George Eastman
Elizabeth Taylor
Angela Vickers
Shelley Winters
Alice Tripp
Anne Revere
Hannah Eastman
Keefe Brasselle
Earl Eastman
Fred Clark
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
Lois Chartrand
Paul Frees
Rev. Morrison
Robert J. Anderson
Eagle Scout (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman
Party Guest (uncredited)
John Breen
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ken Christy
Warden (uncredited)
Pat Combs
Charles Dayton
Det. Kelly (uncredited)
Marilyn Dialon
Frances Brand (uncredited)
Mike Donovan
Prisoner (uncredited)
Frances Driver
Lulu - Vickers' Maid (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
Dolores Hall
Girl (uncredited)
Sam Harris
Man (uncredited)
Len Hendry
Guard (uncredited)
James Horne Jr.
Tom Tipton (uncredited)
Sonny Howe
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
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)
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
Jack Tornek
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey
Juror (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)
Did you know?
Anne Revere, who played Montgomery Clift's mother, was a descendant of American Revolution hero Paul Revere, but she became another victim of the McCarthy-era "Red Scare" blacklisting because of her supposed "liberal" politics. After this film she did not appear in another movie until 1970.
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George Stevens often referred to Technicolor as having an "Oh what a beautiful morning" quality to it, something completely inappropriate to the tone of this film, hence it was made in black and white.
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In the opening credits, as George waits at the side of the road for a ride, he's actually passed by Angela's car, as you can tell by the distinctive horn.
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In the scene in prison when George is supposed to walk the last mile, the warden asks him to come out, and there is a long pause. There is someone walking by in the background who clearly begins walking in slow motion for the duration of the pause, then resumes normal speed. Clearly, the shot of the warden standing there was extended by putting the film in slow motion.
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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.
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A condemned's head is shaved before execution via the electric chair. As George is being led to the chair, his head is unshaven.
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George Eastman: I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I've even loved you before I saw you.
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Angela: Tell mama... tell mama all.
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Angela: Did you promise to be a good boy? Not to waste your time on girls?
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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.
How does the movie end?
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.
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor Kasey Rogers