An American Tragedy (film)

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An American Tragedy
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein
Based on An American Tragedy 
by Theodore Dreiser
Starring Phillips Holmes
Sylvia Sydney
and Frances Dee
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 22, 1931 (1931-08-22)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

An American Tragedy is a 1931 sound film drama produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures and directed by Josef von Sternberg. The film is based on Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel An American Tragedy which itself alludes to the real life 1906 murder of Grace Brown allegedly by Chester Gillette.[1]

Before this film was made, a play version debuted on Broadway in 1926. In the cast was an unknown actress named Miriam Hopkins.[2]


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  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1931-40 by The American Film Institute, c. 1993
  2. ^ An American Tragedy as produced on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, October 11 1926 to April 1927, 216 performances;

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