An American Tragedy

An American Tragedy (1931)

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1931-08-22
  • User Rating: 5.6/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
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A social climber charms a debutante, seduces a factory worker and commits murder.

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  • Phillips Holmes

    as Clyde Griffiths
  • Sylvia Sidney

    as Roberta 'Bert' Alden
  • Frances Dee

    as Sondra Finchley
  • Irving Pichel

    as District Attorney Orville Mason
  • Claire McDowell

    as Mrs. Samuel Griffiths
  • Lucille La Verne

    as Mrs. Asa Griffiths
  • Charles Middleton

    as Reuben Jephson (Clyde's second attorney) (as Charles B. Middleton)
  • Claire Dodd

    as Gaile Warren (uncredited)
  • George Irving

    as Mr. Finchley (uncredited)
  • Arline Judge

    as Bella Griffiths (uncredited)
  • Arnold Korff

    as Judge Oberwaltzer
Directing Josef von Sternberg Director
Production Josef von Sternberg Producer
Writing Josef von Sternberg Writer
Costume & Make-Up Travis Banton Costume Design
Art Hans Dreier Art Direction
Art Hans Dreier Set Decoration
Camera Lee Garmes Director of Photography
Sound Harry D. Mills Sound Engineer
Writing Samuel Hoffenstein Screenplay
Camera Paul Ivano Camera Operator
Sound John Leipold Original Music Composer
Writing Theodore Dreiser Novel
Sound Ralph Rainger Original Music Composer