It is in 1951's A Place In The Sun starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor that Montgomery Clift had made a huge impression on audiences everywhere. Monty was at his best portraying these sorts of working-class characters with their dark and brooding looks with the sole intention of being loved. It is beyond my understanding why Montgomery Clift had never won an Academy Award.
After getting into an accident in 1956 while filming Raintree County, Monty continued to give outstanding performances in Lonely Hearts, Suddenly Last Summer and The Misfits. What stands out the most to anyone when watching Montgomery Clift onscreen is his his ability to combine mystery and strength with vulnerability and passion making him a favourite not only among women but also with men.
What kind of stardom would Montgomery Clift have reached if circumstances were different? It stands a question to always be left unanswered yet never neglected. There is no doubt in my mind that Montgomery Clift would have achieved greater success than he already had - which is, to me, a remarkable show of his star quality and how incredibly talented he was as a truly gifted actor.