Rebel Without a Cause

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1955. Final script for the 1955 film. SIGNED on the front wrapper by actors Dennis Hopper, Corey Allen, Beverly Long, Frank Mazzola, and Steffi Sidney, as well as composer Leonard Rosenman, and screenwriter Stewart Stern.

Nicholas Ray's searing study of juvenile delinquency, generational divide, and moral decay in suburban America, loosely based on Robert Lindner's 1944 book "Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath." Released less than a month after James Dean's death, the film was an enormous success for Warner Brothers and catapulted Dean to icon status, equaling that of Marlon Brando at the time (who was originally intended for the role). Winner of three Academy Awards: Best Actress for Natalie Wood, Best Writing for Nicholas Ray, and Best Supporting Actor for Sal Mineo.

Set and shot on location in Los Angeles.

Goldenrod titled wrappers, noted as FINAL on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 99, dated March 25, 1955. Title page present, dated 3/25/55, with credits for screenwriter Stewart Stern. 111 leaves, with last page of text numbered "117-118-119-120-121-122". Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 4/5/55 and 5/18/55. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound internally with two gold brads.

National Film Registry. Ebert III. Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema. Rosenbaum 1000.


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