An American Tragedy (film)

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An American Tragedy (1931) is a pre-Code drama film directed by Josef von Sternberg. It was produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is based on Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel An American Tragedy and the 1926 play adaptation. These were based on the historic 1906 murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette at Big Moose Lake in upstate New York.[1]

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An American Tragedy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJosef von Sternberg
Screenplay bySamuel Hoffenstein
Based onAn American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser
Produced byJosef von Sternberg
StarringPhillips Holmes
Sylvia Sidney
Frances Dee
CinematographyLee Garmes
Music byJohn Leipold
Ralph Rainger
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 22, 1931 (1931-08-22)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States

The novel would again be adapted in the 1951 Paramount release A Place in the Sun.