One of the original Method actors.  TCM has 11 of Clift’s films, including 1 premiere, 1960’s Wild River.  Here’s the picks!

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)


Monty plays a psychiatrist who helps troubled Elizabeth Taylor unlock a disturbing memory.  Katharine Hepburn co-stars.

The Search (1948)


The first time audiences saw Clift on screen.  This was actually his second film, Red River being filmed first.  Child actor Ivan Jandl won a special Oscar for his performance of a child displaced by WWII.

Red River (1948)


Monty’s actual debut.  Also the film where director John Ford was surprised that John Wayne could act!

A Place in the Sun (1951)


Clift stars as a man torn between a rich beauty (Elizabeth Taylor) and the girl he impregnated (Shellley Winters).  Clift and Taylor began a lifelong friendship with this film.



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