East of Eden (1955)

PG   |    |  Drama

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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.

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  • James Dean plays a baritone recorder given to him by a fan while on location for "East of Eden." 1955 Warner / MPTV
  • James Dean and Leonard Rosenman in East of Eden (1955)
  • James Dean in East of Eden (1955)
  • James Dean in East of Eden (1955)
  • James Dean in "East of Eden." 1955 Warner / MPTV
  • James Dean and Raymond Massey in "East of Eden." 1955 Warner / MPTV

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Did You Know?


The Bible quotes are from Psalm 32 verses 1-2 and 5-7 (the reading at the table) and Genesis chapter 4 verses 9 and 16 (quoted by the sheriff).


Cal Trask: It's gonna work because it's got to work and it's got to work because I said so


Aron's hair changes from the shot when the sheriff is on the Albrecht's porch (just after the fight) to the next, when he asks Abra "Where were you?"

Crazy Credits

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"

Alternate Versions

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.


(1920) (uncredited)
Music by
Vincent Rose
(Based on "E lucevan le stelle" from the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini (1900))
Played by the band when the train leaves

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