James Dean: The actor who initiated the youth movement in Hollywood.

by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 18 Sep 2019 | 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." 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.

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1. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Two brothers struggle to maintain their strict, Bible-toting father's favor.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 40,934

The character of Cal Trask personified.

2. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 84,411

The movie that defines "teenagers."

3. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 34,567

His last film.

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.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton

Votes: 1,732

Has one line of dialogue.

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.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Corinne Calvet, Marion Marshall

Votes: 1,121

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.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn, Gigi Perreau

Votes: 1,337

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 »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Branson, Charlton Heston, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 203

8. The Kate Smith Hour (1950–1954)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

An hour variety program which aired on NBC television late afternoons Monday thru Friday with host Kate Smith. It ran from September 25, 1950 to June 18, 1954.

Stars: Kate Smith, Ted Collins, The Evelyn Tyner Trio, Bob Warren

Votes: 15

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.

Stars: Walter Greaza, Ross Martin, Tom McKee, John Stephenson

Votes: 39

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 »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph N. Welch, Helen Hayes

Votes: 153

11. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Vaughn Taylor, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 130

12. Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952–1954)

30 min | Drama

A Friday night series lasting 2 seasons, of 30 minute playlets, interrupted by cute ads on the value of eating canned soup.

Stars: Parker Fennelly, James Dean, Don Hanmer, Kristine Miller

Votes: 14

13. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

Actor, Producer, and Director Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars, and sometimes appearing in the play.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 81

14. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

Documentary dramas, plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 71

15. The Philco Television Playhouse (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 »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 77

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.

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Don Herbert, Nancy Reagan, Lee Marvin

Votes: 249

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 »

Stars: Robert Sloane, Ernest Chappell, Ben Grauer, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 20

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.

Stars: Don DeFore, William Frawley, Jeffrey Silver, Ann Dvorak

Votes: 10

20. Family Theatre (1949–1958)

60 min | Drama

Crucifixion parable set during Korean War.

Stars: Tudor Owen, Raymond Burr, Richard Hale, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 39

21. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

TV-G | 25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Edgar Stehli, Theo Goetz

Votes: 299

22. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Biff McGuire, Mona Freeman

Votes: 111

23. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

Live psychological and murder mystery dramas, and one of the first U.S. television dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 54

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 »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 90

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.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 191

26. Crossroads (1955–1957)

30 min | Drama

The anthology series dramatized the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Stars: Ray Teal, Robert Carson, Frank J. Scannell, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 60

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".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Todd Hunter, Paul Birch, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 141

28. Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–1952)
Episode: Forgotten Children (1952)

Comedy, Drama

The story of Martha Berry, who brought education to the impoverished children of rural Georgia after the Civil War.

Director: William Corrigan | Stars: Cloris Leachman, Elliott Sullivan, Don McHenry, Nancy Malone

Votes: 16

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