After a month or so spent begging for donors, Screen on the Green ended up with just enough cash for a disappointingly short summer run. At least it saved the best film for last: “A kid from a ‘good’ family—what makes him tick…like a bomb?” goes the tag line for Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean’s most famous film and a foray into teenage hell. Dean plays new bad boy in town Jim Stark alongside Natalie Wood’s Judy, a nice girl who’s committed to living the cliché of “looking for love in all the wrong places.” The two develop an angst-riddled romance that’s short on substance and heavy on intrusive and suffocatingly square parents. Anyone who’s ever lived to be 16 can commiserate when Dean yells, “You’re tearing me apart!” while slumped on a bench at the local police station after a game of chicken gone wrong. Jim Backus is perfect as Mr. Stark, and there’s even a short appearance by a young, pre-Republican Dennis Hopper.
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