GenreRomance, Drama Story byTheodore Dreiser CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 22, 1931 (1931-08-22) Based onAn American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser WriterTheodore Dreiser (novel), Samuel Hoffenstein CastPhillips Holmes (Clyde Griffiths), Sylvia Sidney (Roberta 'Bert' Alden), Frances Dee (Sondra Finchley), Irving Pichel (District Attorney Orville Mason) Similar moviesRelated Josef von Sternberg movies
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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.
Before this film was made, a play version debuted on Broadway in 1926. In the cast was a then-unknown actress named Miriam Hopkins.
Paramount Pictures made a very loose adaptation of the same story again in 1951, titled A Place in the Sun, directed by George Stevens.