George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) is a poor, aimless, taciturn, school-dropout, who is ambitious to make something of himself and escape his fate. He hitches his way to the home of his rich Uncle Charles Eastman (Herbert Heyes) to see if he can get a job in his bathing-suit manufacturing factory as promised when he met his uncle by accident in Chicago. George’s religious evangelical mission worker father died and his mother (Anne Revere) is involved with a street mission in Kansas City, Missouri. Charles’s cold-fish snotty son Earl puts George to work on the assembly-line packing bathing suits. Though there’s a company policy forbidding workplace romances, the lonely George has an affair on the sly with coworker Alice Tripp (Shelly Winters) and makes her pregnant. At a time when George hit it off with pretty wealthy socialite Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor), who travels in the upper-class circles of the Eastman clan, mill worker Alice threatens to tell the world about their affair unless he marries her. Planning to murder her, the recently promoted George takes her out rowing in the lake by the Vickers’ summer residence and feels sorry for himself that all his plans can be ruined by a shrill woman he doesn’t love. But he can’t go through with the murder, though he fully planned it out. When an agitated Alice steps forward on the boat and it capsizes, George does not try to save her even though he knows she can’t swim. DA Marlowe (Raymond Burr) charges George with the crime when a number of witnesses come forth putting him at the drowning scene and others name him as Alice’s lover. —Ozus’ World Movie Reviews
American producer/director/cinematographer George Stevens made his professional acting debut at age five in the company of his actor parents. Developing an interest in photography as a hobby, Stevens became an assistant movie cameraman at the age of 17. From 1927 through 1930, he was principal cameraman at Hal Roach Studios, shooting such classic two-reelers as Laurel and Hardy’s Two Tars (1928) and Below Zero (1930), as well as a handful of feature films, including the 1927 Western No Man’s Law. Stevens was elevated to director in 1930 for Roach’s Boy Friends series. Dismissed from Roach during an economy drive in 1931, Stevens moved to Universal and then to RKO to direct comedy shorts (he later professed to hate two-reel comedies, though he enjoyed the company of the comedians with whom he worked, especially Laurel and Hardy). RKO promoted Stevens to features in 1934; after several medium-budget projects, he was assigned the “A” feature Alice Adams (1935) over the protests of the… read more
Nope. Not much of a reader. Why? Does this film get quoted? I see Franco is directing an adaptation of it in 2013. Monty Clift might just be my biggest film love of all time. Sure there's Wayne and Bogart, Grant and Depardieu, Stewart and Laughton, Flynn and Cagney, Fonda and G.Robinson but that sad man was different...I dunno...
Firstly, it's a breezy read so it's worth giving it a shot. Secondly, the main character is obsessed with Monty & Liz (even has a tattoo on them on his shaved head), and cinema in general. It's fiction but makes reference (and not in a name dropping kinda way) to many old films and also incorporates real filmmakers, actors, events etc.. of the time - it's begins in 1969, so at the brink of New Hollywood. But it's also so much more than that. Anyway, if you do end up reading it let me know what you think. Old Hollywood wise Monty is most definitely my biggest love.