An American Tragedy (film)

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An American Tragedy
Film Poster for An American Tragedy.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Produced by Josef von Sternberg
Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein
Based on An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser
Starring Phillips Holmes
Sylvia Sydney
Frances Dee
Music by John Leipold
Ralph Rainger
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 22, 1931 (1931-08-22)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

An American Tragedy is a 1931 Pre-Code drama film, 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 by Chester Gillette.[1]

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

Paramount Pictures made a very loose adaptation of the same story again in 1951, titled A Place in the Sun, directed by George Stevens.


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