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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is tearing me apppparrrrrtttt!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Rebel Alliance to Rebel Without A Cause. That’s how I roll! I greatly enjoy Giant and East of Eden, but like most of America this is the James Dean I remember and the performance that really makes me mourn what that car crash took from cinema. Dean could have given us dozens of amazing performances if he hadn’t been killed, but there’s also the argument that he wouldn’t have been as iconic if he had had a long and prosperous career. I don’t know about that. Didn’t seem to hurt Bogie much. Or Brando. In today’s pic we see James Dean, Natalie Wood and director Nicholas Ray in what appears to be a serious script discussion. Fantastic pic. Take a look (and click to make bigger):

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare, the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. You lookin’ at tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic? It’s the only one standing there, so you must be lookin’ at it. See ya’ then! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)


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  • July 27, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Nice shot of James Franco

    by Abominable Snowcone

    He's alright in my book

  • July 27, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Oh dear...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...I thought this would be a behind a scenes pic of the ending of Revenge of Sith between Portman and Christensen having their final argy bargy...shows you what a fuckwit I am, I'm going home and going to watch 50's and 60's classics and remind me of proper cinema because clearly, I have become a whore...

  • July 27, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Its embarassing...

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    that I thought this would be a shot behind the scenes pic from The Room.<br><br> Natalie Wood has to be one of the most beautiful women to walk the planet.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Why do people fetishize the 1950's so much?

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Wasn't alive then, but from what I've learned, the 50's sucked @$$.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    James Dean was one cool ass Mutha

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Fast Cars, Fast Life Bitches!

  • July 27, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I was expecting Andy Robinson wearing fishhooks.

    by davidwebb

    I mean, haven't we seen all the pictures of James Dean already? He's cool and all, but there's not many unseen/interesting ones out there.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Tommy Wiseau ftw

    by Derrida77

    Ah this ain't The Room?

  • July 27, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I thought it would be from THE ROOM

    by ricarleite2

  • July 27, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    James Franco WAS jAMES dEAN

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    In a movie

  • July 27, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    About James dean

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • July 27, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Sure James Dean is cool, but...

    by Billyeveryteen

    He's no Justin Bieber.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    They were filming

    by professor murder

    Twilight, before the crash stole his life and the studio locked up the script, only to have some woman there steal it and give it to her daughter, who ended up making a book from the script. Damn cheaters... I mean, Look at him. He looks pathetic, just like the twilight vampire!

  • July 27, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I vote "no" on this pic.

    by Royston Lodge

    I like this column, keep it up.<p> But I have to vote "no" on this particular pic.<p> The best behind-the-scenes pics teach the fanboys something about movie-making. They reveal some little tidbit that make the fanboy go 'hmm.<p> Luke holding the clapper was a good one for that. The Stay-Puft pic was awesome.<p> The pics don't HAVE to be fx-related, of course. But they do have to reveal something about the movie's production that the fanboy might not have known about.<p> This pic is just a director talking to two actors. It doesn't reveal anything useful about how Rebel Without A Cause was created.<p> If you're going to post pics like this one, then you might as well have a recurring column called "A Head-Shot A Day" and post actors' black & white head shots.<p> "If you want this ... if you wanna experience what this is ... I'm gonna need to see more than I'm seeing."

  • July 27, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Great movie...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    And great pic! And who the fuck "idolizes" the 50s? The 50s, like almost every decade, has its good points and its bad points. The 50s was peopled by, get this,... PEOPLE! Gasp! And people don't fucking change. They've always been and will always be wonderful, hypocritical, vile, noble, hateful, hopeful, and all around just fucking interesting.<p>It's fascinating to me that one is exposed to "idolization" (apparently) of the 50s, reads a couple or three books on the subject, and comes down on the "50s sucked" side of the whole argument. (As if there *IS* an argument.) Can it not just be fucking both, depending upon the particular issue? The post-WWII era was a time of stunning economic growth for the world and featured the rise of the US as a superpower. It saw social repression as well as a intellectual growth. Plus, the 50s gave us some pretty damned cool sci-fi flicks, many of which commented on both human nature and the time period in which they existed. The 50s were no worse and no better than any other decade.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Whoops! Fetishize, not idolize

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    My bad. In that case then, the statement was even more asinine. Anything can be fetishized. Check the internet for some verification of THAT. Cake farts? WTF?!?!?!

  • July 27, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I thought it was from Ford Fairlane!

    by CyberVishnu

    "I'll take her with me Ford! I swear I will!" "Ahhhh!, you're tearing me aparrrrt! I'm sorry Jimmy!" CLANG!.....AHHHHH...CRASHH!!..."Say hello to Liberace, asshole!" BEST 90's FILM EVER!

  • July 27, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Awesome pic

    by ltgalloway

    Looks as if it could have been taken yesterday. I love these behind the scenes glimpses. They make these iconic film moments somehow more personal and immediate. Keep em coming!

  • July 27, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Sniff the Jacket!

    by Autodidact

    lulz.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I am in that photo

    by Abominable Snowcone

    But you can't see me because after exiting my time machine, I crawled under Natalie's skirt. For lunch.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I thought Slither

    by bah

  • July 27, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The '50s rocked, mofos!

    by Sonny_Williams

    But like every era, if you didn't live it you probably can't understand it. You can sit here in the '10s and pass judgment like an uneducated douche, but who gives a fuck?

  • July 27, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Bicycle Sharer, well put!

    by Sonny_Williams

    You said what I would have said if I still cared about trying to educate some of the thumb-suckers on this site. Bravo!

  • July 27, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    yeah i was expecting Tommy Wiseau as well

    by savagedave

  • July 27, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    JayLenoTookMyJob: The 50s are unfairly maligned.

    by Royston Lodge

    # START OF SOAPBOX<p> I think the 50s get too much of a bad rap. I don't buy the meme offered up by movies like Pleasantville or Revolutionary Road that the era was akin to a totalitarian regime.<p> Lots of great movies that decade, including art cinema (hello, Kurosawa!). The emergence of method acting. Lots of great music like experimental jazz and the breakthrough of rock 'n roll. A stable, slow-growth economy with minimal spikes OR valleys.<p> I think one's perspective on the 50s might really depend on how old one is during the decade. For example, it was a great time to be a kid since the baby boom provided you with a huge number of other kids to play with. Since the boomers didn't really hit their teenage years until the 60s, the 50s could be re-named the "decade-of-the-kid". Imagine being able to roam free on the weekends with your buddies, with minimal parental supervision, going to the local packed theatre for an afternoon of B-movies! It's the age of tree-forts and soap-box derbies.<p> On the other-hand, if you happened to be a college-kid during that decade you might not be as happy about the level of conformity required. Universities were pretty stifling and taught a lot of nonsense. On the other hand, it's the era that gave us Kerouac and Kinsey and Jackson Pollack, etc. Imagine being alive at the very beginning of the cultural revolution when everything is hopeful and changeable instead of at the end where everything seems to be post-modern rip-offs and mash-ups trying to cash in on nostalgia.<p> Also, if you were a college kid in the 1950s you had a huge economic advantage because there were, comparatively, very few of you. The boomers would flood the universities and the workforce in the late 60s and early 70s, but in the 50s a college-educated kid had way less competition for jobs. Imagine being a computer or engineering nerd at that time, when the technologies we take for granted were just being invented. Corporate research had the feel of a mad scientist's laboratory or a crazy inventor's workshop!<p> Of course, many of the criticisms about that decade are indeed valid. I don't need to go into them because they are covered quite well by popular culture which likes to portray the 50s as a stifling police state, or alternately promote the era as squeaky-clean and boring.<p> I just think that the good qualities of the 50s - the REAL good qualities rather than the idealized qualities we get from Leave It To Beaver reruns - aren't discussed enough.<p> # END OF SOAPBOX

  • July 27, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Still weird casting that 'ol Mr Magoo Jim Backus

    by skimn

    played Dean's dad. But he played the helpless sod really well.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Davidweb...I thought the same thing..

    by skimn

    I guess the headline would be Jesus wept for this Pic Of The Day.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    All the sci-fi memes of today...

    by zinc_chameleon

    were invented in the 1950s.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    This is a sad sad pic

    by onezeroone

    Mean it in a good way. Loved this pic and disagree with those who think this pic doesn't belong in this section.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Economic growth in the 1950s, redux...

    by Royston Lodge

    # START OF SOAPBOX<p> I think it's a misconception that there was "explosive" economic growth in the 1950s. When I think of "explosive" growth, I think of an economic "bubble".<p> But that's not what happened in the 1950s. Instead, there was slow and steady growth. It wasn't an economic roller-coaster where the markets would skyrocket one year and then crash the next. This was thanks in part to the Truman and Eisenhower governments which were, truthfully, quite boring. They didn't make sudden moves in any direction when it came to economic policy. A steady hand on the tiller with an eye to controlling inflation. On the one hand not an interventionist government trying to boost growth but also not an ideological "cult-of-the-free-market" trying to eliminate government entirely. Slow-and-steady, folks. No sudden movements.<p> Criticisms about the 1950s remind me of the old Chinese curse, "may you live in interesting times." Most of the complaints about the decade boil down to "it was boring". But I'll take "boring" over "crisis" any day of the week. # END OF SOAPBOX

  • July 27, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The only wood that doesn't float...

    by Immortal_Fish

    Too soon?

  • July 27, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Dammit Immortal_Fish you beat me to it!!

    by butterbean

    Gotta be quick around these parts!

  • July 27, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Sonny

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    And kudos also to Royston! Well said, brother.<p>And I believe the 50s also gave us Jack Kerouac, freedom for a whole buncha nations (formerly colonies of European powers), some bad ass tunes, some bad ass movies, the space race, nuclear power, The Martian Chronicles, The Catcher in the Rye, The Twilight Zone, American Bandstand, the first televised coronation of an English monarch, The Honeymooners, Gunsmoke, rock and roll, the rise of Marilyn Monroe, and Marlon Brando. And the tension of conservatism and conformity of the 50s gave rise to the civil rights movements in the 60s. So fetishize the shit out of it! It was an interesting period.<p>Now the late 60s, on the other hand... ;-)

  • July 27, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Correct, Royston

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Slow, steady growth is, indeed, the truth about the 50s (with a couple of recessions thrown in, to boot) when one examines the growth of GDP over that time period.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Might be a good movie...

    by BizarroJerry

    but didn't this sort of spawn every "it's tough to be a teenager and adults don't understand" movie that came after it?

  • July 27, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Don't forget

    by BizarroJerry

    The 50's also gave us the Korean War, but that's often overlooked for nostalgia sake. Aside from MASH, or course. The war in Korea was sort of, Vietnam Lite.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    thought it would be a pic from The Room...

    by Ator

    You are TEARING ME APART LISA!

  • July 27, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I love the 50s

    by redshirt

    The cars, at least. Really, the true birth of the stylized American car. The most beautiful, and outrageous, automotive steel ever was rolled out in that decade. And the birth of the Corvette.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Leessaa, yourrr teearrrring meee appaarrt!

    by BetterCallSaul

  • July 27, 2010, noon CST

    BizarroJerry: Yeah, but...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...while it may be true that it spawned the "parents just don't understand" genre, it's far superior because it didn't paint the parents as cartoon villains.<p> To illustrate, compare RWAC to the John Hughes filmography<p> The parents in Hughes' teen movies alternate between evil control freaks (Cameron Frye's parents and the unseen parents in The Breakfast Club) and clueless wallets (Ferris Bueller's parents).<p> In contrast, in Rebel Without a Cause Jim Stark's dad is portrayed as caring and sensitive, yet flawed. He's clearly trying hard to be a good dad, but he's operating without a manual. I always come away from that movie with the idea that it was trying to dispel the idea that it's all the parents' fault. After all, the kids are fucked up regardless of what the parents do. Judy has uncaring absentee parents and Plato's father abandoned his family. But Jim's father actually tries to do his best, and Jim still ends up being fucked up, so how can we blame the parents?<p> When the kids create their fantasy "perfect family", it's a remarkably conservative ideal. So, why are they so rebellious when their ideal fantasy is so conservative?<p> It's the contradictions that make RWAC such a good flick.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    i've read a lot of james dean books...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...but never seen that pic. thanks quint, where'd you find it?

  • July 27, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    BizarroJerry: Yeah, but, again...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... I'm not forgetting the dark parts of the 1950s. I just think the dark parts are explored-a-plenty. I could have gone in-depth about the cold war, the red scare, mccarthyism, jim crow, the blandness of much of corporate pop music (it was the age of the crooners, after all), the banality of television during the era, the attempts by the USA (AND the USSR, lest we forget) to subvert the governments of newly independent former colonies, the Korean War, etc, etc...<p> But all that stuff has been explored again-and-again with the critical advantage of hindsight.<p> I simply think the REAL positive aspects of the 50s gets short shrift. It's either drowned out by a hyper-idealized polyannaish fetishization on the one hand, or an overly-pessimistic everything-was-really-horrible-under-the-surface attitude on the other hand.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Another one for The Room :(

    by moonlightdrive

  • July 27, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Nicholas Ray!!!!!!!

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Now if only we could get a region one DVD release of Johnny Guitar with some kind of extras. Of course if it ever does get released, it will be some Warner Archives DVD-R crap that they'll charge 25 bucks for. At least Criterion did Bigger than Life recently.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I've never thought of the 50's as maligned..

    by Righteous Brother

    I always thought that America eulogised that decade. (Back to the future, Grease, Happy Days) I see what you're saying though, I reckon that the political right, love the fifties and hate the sixties, and the left love the sixties and hate the fifties. I think the fifties has a lot to offer, the fashions, sci-fi movies, rock n roll, the beats etc.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    A gay guy once told me he had sex with "Jimmy Dean"

    by cookylamoo

    I said "Jimmy Dean" the breakfast sausage guy? He said "No, you fool, James Dean. Which, I admit, is a lot more impressive.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Didn't the other guy in the car race die recently?

    by Lone Fox

    Fuck I love this film.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    From today's prespective the 1950's

    by Samuel Fulmer

    were a great decade for film. Hitchcock's best decade, John Ford was at the top of his game, Howard Hawks gave us Rio Bravo, Billy Wilder gave us one classic after another, the French New Wave kicked off, Nicholas Ray and Sam Fuller put out a movie or two a year, Orson Welles gave us Touch of Evil, Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben Hur, The Killing, Paths of Glory, etc.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    "This pic is just a director talking to two actors"

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Which is good because it shows us something that someone like George Lucas never learned how to do, and why most of his movies and similar ones suck.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    RighteousBrother: Yabbut...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...I think the titles you mention are samples of the over-sentimental fetishization I refer to, rather than an honest examination of what the decade was really like.<p> Some people might try to cite American Graffiti as a more honest portrayal of the 1950s, but it was actually set in August of 1962. In fact, I believe that a lot of the things people think of when they think of the 50s are ACTUALLY elements from the early 60s.<p> Take the dominance of the bubbly teenage culture, for example. Rebel Without A Cause notwithstanding, teenage culture wasn't a huge factor in the 50s for the demographic reasons I mentioned earlier. If you were 16 years old between 1950 and 1959, that means you were born between 1934 and 1943, but there weren't a huge number of babies born in that period due to the Depression and World War II. The popular image of poodle skirts and sock-hops is ACTUALLY from the early 1960s when the baby boomers were teenagers. (Similarly, the image we have of the 1960s as the hippie generation is better applied to the early 1970s).<p> Similarly, think of Mad Men. It's set in the early 60s but it's very evocative of the popular image of the 1950s.<p> I contend that our idea of what the 1950s was really like is largely incorrect.<p> <p> When it comes to even-handed portrayals of the 50s, the only title that really comes to my mind is Stand By Me, and even that was set in the summer of 1959, just as the decade was coming to an end.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer: Good point.

    by Royston Lodge

    'nuff said.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    And crap how could I forget

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Kurasawa's 50's output????? Maybe even more impressive than Hitchcock's 50's films?????????

  • July 27, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    royston lodge

    by dagwood

    suck it. seriously. no one asked you.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I guess it helps if I could spell too

    by Samuel Fulmer

    K-U-R-O-S-A-W-A

  • July 27, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Didn't the 50's Die

    by Samuel Fulmer

    In Dallas November of 1963? At least that's what entertainment and Media always want to portray as the end of "innocence" which seems to be the image that most people have of the 50's. From 64 on was when the social revolutions really kicked off as did 'Nam and many other things that people define as kind of the end of the "innocent" America.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    The Room - flowershop scene

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    Goes something like this: CanIhaveadozenredroses.OhhijohnnyIdidn'tknowitwasyou.Hereyougo.That'sme.Howmuchisit?That'llbe18dollars.Hereyougo.Keepthechange.Hidoggy.You'remyfavoritecustomer.Thanksalot.Bye

  • July 27, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Natalie Wood = Pig nosed

    by jimmy_009

    Never thought she was that great looking.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    WOW HOLY SHIT!!

    by RPLocke

    It's sad none of those people reached their 40s.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Wheres Lisa and Tommy Wiseau?

    by canvasseamonkey

  • July 27, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    the 50s rocked -- If you were white, straight, and protestant

    by WickedJacob

    It was so great for them because back then they had no qualms about oppressing everyone else. Mountaintops are easy when you don't care who gets stepped on to get there.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    A pic for The Room...

    by FANOFSCOTTPILGRIMFAN

    would involve the director and cast members throwing a football around.

  • July 27, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Please, please, please,...

    by Karuma

    ..Stop with the retro pictures already. I realize it's summer and you probably don't have much to do but there is a lot more going on than posting photos that have no relevance. So, get out there!! Start digging! I know you can find something to report on.

  • July 27, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    However, I'd like...

    by FANOFSCOTTPILGRIMFAN

    to see Quint post a picture for The Room that involves the director and cast members seriously preparing for a scene. Tommy Wiseau would be holding a copy of the script, pointing at a specific line, and several cast members would be leaning in to look at the line. One cast member would be standing tall with a ponderous look on his face, rubbing his chin and looking at another cast member next to him, who is pointing at an area of the set and is in the middle of saying something about how the scene actors will act in the scene. Lastly, there should be someone in the background carefully selecting a football from a large mesh sack filled with footballs of differing sizes, colors, styles, and brands.

  • July 27, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    WickedJacob: It's all relative, however.

    by Royston Lodge

    The other side of that statement would be that the 1950s sucked if you were a person-of-colour, gay, and a member of some other religion. But compared to when? Compared to the decades prior to the 50s, or compared to today? My beef is that the 50s tends to get singled out as a "decade-of-oppression", when the data doesn't necessarily bear that out if you compare it to earlier decades.<p> Examples:<p> - I know you didn't mention men vs. women, but I'm going to arrogantly assume it was implied. ;-) It's a common belief that WWII was a great time for women's liberation because they got to work at the jobs all the men left behind, and that the 50s sucked for women because the men all came home from the war. But in fact female participation in the workforce continued to CLIMB after World War II. From 1950 to 1959, the total number of females employed increased by 18%.<p> - Prior to World War II, a college education was almost exclusively for the rich. After World War II, College in America turned into a mass higher education system that became a consumer necessity. Post-secondary enrolment doubled. This wasn't limited to white people, and enrolment among blacks also exploded.<p> The suggestion that the 1950s was a "bad decade" for blacks doesn't necessary fit the facts:<p> - The 1950s was a seminal decade for the Civil Rights Movement. While there was certainly conflict and violence, but isn't the point really that there was PROGRESS made during this decade? There was arguably MORE civil rights violence in the 1960s.<p> - Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court case which ended "separate but equal" in public education, was in 1954.<p> - In 1956, Autherine J.Lucy successfully enrolled in the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.<p> - In 1957, Elizabeth Eckford was the first black teenager to enter then all-white Little Rock Central High School.<p> - Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955.<p> - Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957.<p> - Martin Luther King became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.<p> - Mean averate earnings for African-American men rose by 62% between 1949 and 1959. (Of course, mean average earnings for white men increased by 73% in the same period.)<p> Depending on which decades you're comparing, I think it's pretty easy to make the argument that the 1950s were a very GOOD decade for African-Americans.<p> It's certainly not as good a decade for homosexuals, since in many places homosexuality was still a crime at the time, and the Federal government considered gays to be a communist threat to national security, but still there were high points during the decade. The Kinsey reports which showed that homosexuality was far more common than people believed is a big moment. The Mattachine Society, the first major gay organization in the United States, was founded in 1950. In 1951 and 1959 the Supreme Court of California made rulings that effectively legalized gay bars. In 1958 the Supreme Court ruled that ONE: The Homosexual Magazine was not an obscene publication.<p> Finally, you mentioned advantages for protestants. However, partly due to the cultural fallout and immigration following World War II, the 1950s actually featured a huge upswing in religious tolerance, with many new religious groups being founded or expanding during that time, a large increase in the influence and power of Jewish people as that group increased in numbers after World War II, etc.<p> I think the 1950s gets unfairly tarred on these sorts of issues because it's really the decade when people START TO TALK about these sorts of issues. Since these sorts of issues weren't even really discussed in the decades prior to the 1950s, those earlier decades aren't remembered as being particularly negative. But the fact remains that the 1950s are known for these sorts of issues precisely BECAUSE it was the decade when progress was first being made.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    RIP Maury Chaykin

    by ColonelFatheart

  • July 27, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Fuck, that sucks. Maury Chaykin was awesome.

    by Royston Lodge

    His turn as Nero Wolfe was fantastic.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I love the Maury Chaykin show

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    "In the case of 4 year old Shaniqua...you are not the father." Maury Chaykin, you will be missed.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    "I GOT THE BULLETS!!!"

    by HapaPapa72

    Nice pic. Next time how about Mike Landon on the set of "I Was A Teenage Werewolf." Or McQueen having a smoke on set with the Blob in the backround. Or Raquel Welch's costume fitting for that prehistoric movie.

  • July 27, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Yet another for The Room.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    "Everybody betray me! I'm fed up with this world!"

  • July 27, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Totally thought it was for The Room as well.

    by MisterHyde

    If you haven't seen the rifftrax of THE ROOM I can't recommend it enough. Go get it.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    OH HAY DANNY

    by MisterHyde

    OH HAY DOGGY

  • July 27, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I thought...

    by torpedoboy

    ..."Slither" as well.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    James Dean was a homosexual

    by Orionsangels

    He never lived long enough to tell the world. So is James Franco.

  • July 27, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    My gahd Natalie Wood

    by gotilk

    is so beautiful. She'll never not be beautiful now. But what a loss. She takes my breath away, seriously.

  • July 27, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    First thought was "The Room" too

    by strosmer

  • July 27, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Amen to that, gotilk

    by thot

    I've always thought she was the most beautiful woman in Hollywood history. And a great actor too.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    The music of the '50s was the real

    by I Max U Mini

    <p> ... beginning of what we have now.</p> <p> </p> <p>http://tinyurl.com/28k6a7t</p>

  • July 27, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Have to learn to close my code

    by I Max U Mini

  • July 27, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I did naht hit her I did NAHHHHT!

    by JaimeFoxx

    Oh hai, Paul (or Mark. or whoever that pornstarrish dude on the roof was.)

  • July 27, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    JayLenoTookMyJob

    by thecheesegrommit

    Some people romanticize the 50's and others just hate everything *ahem* carry on with your life.

  • July 28, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    You betrayed me, James Dean

    by UtinniPuccini

    You betray me, you are not good, you are just a chicken cheep cheep cheep cheep!

  • July 28, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST

    40s is the best, sitting here in my victory garden

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • July 28, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I see you Abominable Snowcone!

    by redrain

    you have an erection don't you! I thought so!

  • July 28, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    SCOTTPILGRIM SUCKS MY BALLS!

  • July 28, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    James Dean was in the SpidermanTrilogy?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 28, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Dean Is Looking At The Floor, Wondering Who's Cock To Suck Next

    by LaserPants

    "I'll just drive my Porsche over to the local bathhouse and WHOOPS! I'm dead."

  • July 28, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I was expecting The Amityville horror

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    "Mother of god, this house is tearing me apaaaart!"

  • July 28, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Natalie Wood: most attractive woman to walk this earth in foreve

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • July 28, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    East of Eden=

    by detectivesoap

    Best out of 3 and Dean's greatest performance. Whatta film.

  • July 28, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    "Rebel" is so cliched now, it's underrated

    by Fico

    If that makes sense. I'm trying to say it's an great movie, that more people need to discover. Or rediscover.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    by WickedJacob

    by Phategod2

    truer words were never typed.