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Ray, Nicholas (director, story); Irving Shulman (adaptation); Stewart Stern (screenwriter); James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo (starring)
Rebel Without a Cause (Original screenplay for the 1955 film, actor Jack Simmons' working copy)
Warner Brothers, Burbank, CA. Final Draft script for the 1955 film. Copy belonging to actor Jack Simmons, who played the role of gang member Cookie, with his ownership name written boldly in holograph ink on top left of front wrapper. Script divided into Part I and Part II, dated 3/25/55 and 3/26/55, respectively. Two pages contain annotations in holograph pencil of additional dialogue. Laid in are three film stills from the knife fight sequence and one photograph compiling four headshots of Jack Simmons. Housed in a custom brown cloth, quarter brown leather clamshell box, with spine label, title in gilt. According to Randall Riese's 1991 book "The Unabridged James Dean," James Dean campaigned to get Jack Simmons, who he regularly arrived and departed the set with, the role of Plato (Sal Mineo), but screenwriter Stewart Stern, "wanted the role to have homosexual overtones - but he [Simmons] was too much." Riese goes on to say that Simmons was given the role of gang member Moose (as is attributed in the AFI catalog), the one that gives Dean's character, Jim Stark, the knife in the knife fight sequence. While he is in fact the character that gives Dean the knife, according to the script that character is Cookie, not Moose, who IMBD and Wikipedia correctly attribute to Simmons. According to Riese, Simmons also reportedly lived with Dean during the making of "Rebel Without a Cause," and according to some sources, up until Dean's untimely death. Nicholas Ray's searing melodrama of tormented teenagers Jim Stark (Dean), Judy (Natalie Wood), and Plato (Mineo) pitted against their e … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA [Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.]

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