PG | | 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.
The film's interiors were all filmed on studio sound stage sets at the Warner Brothers Burbank Studio lot. During on-set filming, portable star dressing rooms were parked adjacent to exterior walls of the sound stages, near the stage's crew/cast entry door, positioned on a studio alley and/or street between the studio's sound stages. James Dean, assigned one of these dressing rooms, actually lived, day and night, in the assigned dressing room trailer during the filming of this movie. When studio boss Jack L. Warner heard that Dean refused to move out of his trailer when the studio wanted to relocate the dressing room trailer to another location, Warner shouted, "That little bastard better get out of that trailer . . . or else!".
I was even thinking I was bad. I love you even though I'm afraid of you. Maybe someday I won't be.
While Cal is talking to Abra on the roof, in the close-ups, the light in her bedroom is seemingly on, whereas in the wide shot, her room is pitch black.
Cards during opening credits: In northern California, the Santa Lucia Mountains, dark and brooding, stand like a wall between the peaceful agricultural town of Salinas and the rough and tumble fishing port of Monterey, fifteen miles away. AND "1917 Monterey, just outside the city limits"
The dispute with shoemaker Gustav Albrecht about the war had been cut from the 1955 dubbed release for Germany and Austria. You could only see Albrecht leaving the fair claiming "Can't I say my opinion?", Cal climbing down the Ferris wheel and following Aaron and Albrecht, some fight in front of Albrecht's house and the sheriff appearing. The reason for all this remained totally unclear; the recruiter's speech is cut except for one background line "Join the army!" when Cal and Abra pass by, and you actually don't even get that Albrecht might be of German descent. In most of today's copies the missing scenes are included, distinguishable by the German subtitles.
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