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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

James Dean and Natalie Wood were brilliant together in Rebel Without A Cause, their chemistry making cinematic history. In today’s picture you can see some of that chemistry even though they’re just standing around a studio.

I love this picture for that chemistry and for the character on display. The way Dean is just so damn cool and making himself at home is perfect, as is Wood’s doe-eyes looking up at him.

It’s also a nice, popping color photo, which isn’t very common as regular readers of this column will know from the sheer amount of black and white stills I’ve featured here.

I hope you guys dig this rare color behind the scenes picture! Click to embiggen!



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My next behind the scenes pic will be better!

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  • Sept. 3, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Great photo. I've always loved the film's colour

    by jim

    so no surprise it also pops behind the scenes. Love the makeshift water cooler - a milk can with a spigot stuck into the base.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Watch hand

    by Bodhizefa1313

    Is this image reversed or does Dean usually wear his watch on his right wrist?

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    When i click on it...

    by Porrohman

    It doesn't embiggen! it actually errr.....emsmallens.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    The way he's sitting can't be comfortable.

    by sai_justin

    Thus is the price of cool.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Two of the great Hollywood legends

    by glue

    Two of the great Hollywood tragedies.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    The Way He's Sitting . . .

    by Jim Halpert

    . . . it's tearing him apart!

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    An iconic movie

    by mr.underwater

    But not a very good one. I always felt a bit guilty thinking it was melodramatic and silly, but years later, I read an interview with Nicholas Ray where he stated that he felt more or less the same way. Plus, any doe-eyes that Wood can muster are nothing compared to the pathetic look Sal Mineo has plastered across his face for the entire running time.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Sniff the Jacket!

    by Autodidact

    Do you want to be an actor or not? SNIFF IT!

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Natalie Wood...most beautiful woman ever.

    by SmokingRobot

    What a loss.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Natalie Wood

    by Rebeck2

    Was gorgeous alright. And I can never see her from this film without thinking of the Dennis Hopper story - he said they had a "party" with another couple and they filled a tub with champagne. When Natalie got in the tub the champagne made her vagina burn and they rushed her to the emergency room. LOL. Gotta love a woman that would first of all get into a tub of champagne naked in front of other people and then who is worried she may have permanently damaged her cooch.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I have a full page of official US James Dean postal stamps

    by Jesiah

    I used to put them as the front cover for my folder during high school. I got a good reaction from people out of them. This one chick with a back rack was like can I have one? In my head I'm like yeah if I get to motorboat you but I knew she was a player and I wasn't about to get played so I still have the full set.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Dennis Hopper was in this film? wasnt he in Giant?

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Skraggo

    Yeah, good catch. I think the pic is reversed. The stitching on the fly of his jeans is on the wrong side too. Aaaand this is where I place the disclaimer that I wasn't actually studying his crotch.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Reverse? Not so sure

    by BenBraddock

    There's lettering on the water cooler, I can make out "JAM" which would make the case for this pic being non-mirror image. Not that it matters a whit, really. I'm off to bed.

  • I know he's not in GIANT that much, but I think that's the one this year. I've seen the other 2 a bunch of times, including the commentary. R.I.P Jimmy D.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Jett Rink

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Dean's Jett Rink is such a brilliant and perfect character, probably the best in Dean's short but stunning ouvre. Instead of being central, he is the beautiful tragic figure at the periphery of the romance between Taylor and Hudson and their life story - and yet, he is all the more important for what he presents as not happening. He is the choices that the other characters did not make. He is a sounding board, a road not chosen. His inability to be happy maps the choices that Hudson made conversely that allowed him happiness. It is such a great structure and I can't imagine anyone giving Jett Rink more resonance. Instead of a bad guy, he is a Doppleganger in this movie about money, love and Texas. His final passages are some of the most memorable in film, and as powerful as the Coffee Shop fistfight is, it is that lonely and overwhelming last walk through the wine warehouse with Jett down below, incapable of moving on, stuck in his anger, surrounded by his wealth and acquistions, this final moment with a man who represents stories we've heard all our life, about the corruption and unhappiness at the heart of wealth, but finally occuring in a character that we care about, this is the memory that stays on us - like scent in a memory. He goes out with a whimper, not a bang - and, wow, how that man sells it. A great film with a novel structure. And a lasting tribute to great acting. In an almost prescient last portrayl, he is as visually compelling in "Giant" as any actor has a right to be. We would like to dream that this is the way Dean intended himself to be remembered, the performance he gave mostly to, intended to be last. And maybe it is just the fact that he gave his all in everything and here he just had a great part and he realized it and didn't let it slip away. Because of this, Jett and Dean last. They linger and they haunt. But most of all, they last.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Reverse? Nope

    by johndalf greymane

    Extremely embiggened, you can read the word "JAM" on the water cooler (as mentioned above). In case you're thinking that the lettering is on the opposite side of the clear jar, appearing backwards, note that the chain on the bicycle is on the proper side of the wheel. ...minutiae has proved two things, the pic is not reversed, and James Dean clearly wore girl pants. *Okay, the chain is on the wrong side. I dont know why the jar AND the pic is in reverse but it clearly is.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    That is probably the most well-written post I have ever read on this site. It is also quite true. I love Rebel Without a Cause. I showed it to my nephew a couple of years ago and he was surprised at how unvanilla it was. He assumed that it would a safe, bland movie just because it was made in the 50s. He really enjoyed it. Thanks for the great pic.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    You're right, most likely happened during the making of GIANT - but still a great story...

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Natalie Wood looks amazing in BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE

    by MooseMalloy

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Natalie Wood looked amazing in lots of things

    by dukeroberts

    So did her sister, Plenty O'Toole.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Thanks for stating the obvious --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- I was referring to her in that specific movie.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's BtS Pic isn't fit to smell my shit!

    by Darkman

    Can't wait.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Hopper is in Rebel though..

    by Righteous Brother

    He's one of Butch's gang, he even gets a line or two.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Natalie Wood looks fantastic.... but

    by gotilk

    why on earth does she look older in that photo than she did the year she died? Odd. Perhaps just an odd pose. What a lovely woman, and a great actress.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST


    by gotilk


  • Sept. 4, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Image is reversed...

    by Y282

    Bike chain is on the wrong side.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    J.D was a MOVIE STAR. Those day's a long gone.

    by welcometothepartypal

    And it happened so recently. Unless a movie has great BUZZ or some sort of property that's got a huge following, no actor out there can really open a movie and make it 100 million dollar hit. (is a 100 mill. even a hit anymore?). And we lived through it. We lived through the demise of the true "MOVIE STAR". Remember when Cruise or Hanks, Ford, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Mel (who else?) could be in anything, great or shitty and it still made bank. That's over. Isn't that a little crazy? I guess it still such a young medium. J.D died over 60 yrs. ago, that's nothing. The tree outside my window is as old this country.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by Truxton Spangler

    is before my time, but she's one of the few who has timeless beauty.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    James Dean Is Not Dead

    by GWARHOL

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Gabe Athouse

    The picture is reversed. Wood's part fell to her right in the film; here to her left. The watch and the fly on Dean. The bicycle is obviously from a mirror dimension. And I really don't think the champagne incident tells us much about Wood, except that she was a little slutty, and learned not to immerse her virilia in carbonated ethanol the hard way. The most telling significance of the anecdote is that it's the first thing many people want to talk about when Natalie Wood is mentioned.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by Arcangel2020

    Terrific behind the scenes pic today featuring James Dean & Natalie Wood! I always try to catch "Rebel Without A Cause" whenever it is aired on one the Networks...AMC or TCM? One of the things I really enjoy about this movie...besides the acting and the pretty incredible seeing how LA looked back during the day and seeing Griffith Park Observatory too! I have been to Griffith Park & the Observatory back when I lived in the LA/Pasadena area and there is a nice little Memorial/Bust of James Dean marking the spot(s) where some of the movie was filmed too.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Only 56 years partypal

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Ok Chauncy, I'll bite...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Where did you cut paste that from? What's that? *You* wrote it? Not buying it sport...

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    You've come a long way since your days of jizz, fart, and pussy jokes (last week). Those night courses are paying off. Bravo.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    is Futurama's Fry's look based on this dean outfit?


    the world wants to know.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    @skyway moaters, 56yrs! yes your right.

    by welcometothepartypal

    Math!! My tree is still older than shit.