A Place in the Sun (1951)

Recommended
USA
Feature Film
Director: George Stevens
Writers: Harry Brown, Michael Wilson, Theodore Dreiser, Patrick Kearney
Cinematographer: William C. Mellor
Composer: Franz Waxman
Cast: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle, Fred Clark, Raymond Burr

A poor relation from Chicago, George Eastman, comes to Los Angeles to work for his uncle; he begins on the shop floor where he meets Alice, with whom he commences a sexual relationship, but when he is given a promotion and introduced into society, where he meets the delectable Angela, he is soon ready to leave her behind, but unfortunately for all concerned an unexpected pregnancy complicates matters irreparably, in Stevens’s visually distinctive film, composed of brave, atypical mise en scène, which also boasts some excellent performances, in particular Raymond Burr's forceful turn. Iain.Stott