Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Episode #15

Warner Bros released Rebel Without a Cause to theaters on October 29, 1955. Nicholas Ray directed film which starred James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo.

‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Movie Summary

Rebel Without a Cause chronicles 24 hours in the life of the angst-ridden teen, Jim Stark in Los Angeles, California. The film begins as the police haul Jim in for plain drunkenness. They hold him their juvenile detention center at the jail where two other troubled teens are under arrest.

John “Plato” Crawford, who lives with a housekeeper because his father abandoned his family while he was a baby, and his mother is always out of town, is being held for killing a litter of puppies.

Judy is there for a curfew violation, but is troubled because she resents her father for not paying attention to her. In fact, he doesn’t even show up to the police station to pick Judy up; her mother does.

Jim’s parents, Frank and Carol, consistently bickers, and his effeminate father and domineering mother are tearing him apart. He can’t stand to see his dad unable to stand up to Carol. He confides these frustrations to officer Ray Fremick right before he releases Jim to their custody.

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Warner Bros released Rebel Without a Cause to theaters on October 29, 1955. Nicholas Ray directed film which starred James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo.

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  1. No one mentioned it, but East of Eden is pretty great, and maybe Dean’s best film. Directed by Elia Kazan, director of on the waterfront. rebel was directed by Nicolas Ray, who’s a pretty highly regarded director today. He did They Live By Night a few years before this film, which I think is a pretty great film. There are some similarities to rebel as well I think, even though that was a film noir.

    1. I do not believe I have watched East of Eden all the way through yet. I do not think Rebel is Dean’s best work; his “tearing me apart” line is just his most iconic line.

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