A Place in the Sun | Chicago Reader

A Place in the Sun

George Stevens's overblown, Oscar-laden adaption of An American Tragedy (1951, 122 min.) is hopelessly inadequate as a reading of Dreiser's great novel, and as usual Stevens seems too preoccupied with the story's monumentality to have much curiosity about its characters. But William C. Mellor's cinematography and the star power of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor manage to keep this going. Michael Wilson and Harry Brown wrote the script, and Shelley Winters gives a good performance in a thankless part.



  • George Stevens


  • Montgomery Clift
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Shelley Winters
  • Keefe Brasselle
  • Raymond Burr
  • Anne Revere


  • Theodore Dreiser
  • Patrick Kearney
  • Michael Wilson


  • George Stevens

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