James Dean: The actor who initiated the youth movement in Hollywood.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public
In some ways, it's hard to predict how James Dean's film career would have developed if he had lived. Before his untimely in 1955, he was lined up for a few other movies whilst at "Warner Bros." Dean didn't live to see his biggest film "Rebel Without a Cause" released but the studio had a good feeling about it becoming successful. As such, Jack Warner felt James Dean had box office value for further productions. In 1953, the up and coming actor was in circulation in the medium of television and had notched up several appearances. Then a year later, his career was suddenly transformed when cast in the adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden." The success of that production put James Dean on the Hollywood film map. Alas, his film career as a Grade "A" leading man lasted only approximately 16 months. Nevertheless, he has enjoyed a legacy that's lasted for over half a century and no doubt this shall continue.
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1. East of Eden (1955)
PG | 118 min | Drama
A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.
2. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama
A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.
The movie that introduced teenagers onto the big screen.
4. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, War
The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.
5. Sailor Beware (1952)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Although allergic to kissing girls, Seaman Melvin Jones, through a fluke TV appearance, gets the undeserved reputation of a great kisser dubbed "Mr. Temptation" and is pursued by amorous young females.
6. Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
Approved | 88 min | Comedy
An aging heir-less millionaire wants to leave his fortune to the unsuspecting family of his first love but not before testing his prospective heirs by living with them under the guise of a poor boarder.
7. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
60 min | Drama
A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »
9. Treasury Men in Action (1950–1955)
30 min | Crime, Drama
A squad of Treasury Department agents, headed by "The Chief", go after counterfeiters and other criminals who commit crimes that fall under the Treasure Department's jurisdiction.
10. Omnibus (1952–1961)
55 min | Drama, History, Music
Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts, to original works by such ... See full summary »
15. Repertory Theatre (1948–1956)
60 min | Drama
This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, et cetera during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's ... See full summary »
16. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama
An American anthology series, with a new episode and different actors and actresses each week. Hosted by Ronald Reagan, the series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
17. The Big Story (1949–1959)
30 min | Drama
Based on a popular radio series, each show tells a different reporter's Big Story, a true story selected from newspapers across the United States. Comments from the actual reporter open and... See full summary »
19. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)
30 min | Drama, Family
A live CBS half-hour dramatic anthology series, but on two networks in its second season (as "Bigelow-Sanford Theater"); Sunday evenings over CBS and Thursday evenings over DuMont.
24. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)
30 min | Comedy, Drama
Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »
25. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
30 min | Comedy, Drama
Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.
27. You Are There (1953–1972)
30 min | Drama, History
Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".