Interesting, but for fans only
, 10 Jun 2007
Thanks to the Yanks being slightly better at hanging onto their old telly than us we've got more than just James Dean's three starring films to judge him by (though sadly not his turn as a twisted hep-cat killer holding Ronnie Reagan at gunpoint). Contrary to its inexplicable 'E' rating the disc holds three half-hour dramas with the actor playing a(nother) trio of misfit outsiders:
'Something for an Empty Briefcase', made around a year before 'East of Eden', sees Dean dabbling in crime but aiming to find a job and a girlfriend. In 'The Unlighted Road', his final teleplay, he's fresh back from Korea, looking for work and a girl but falling into crime. The unbelievably stagy and creaky 'I'm a Fool' has him on the pull and trying to make an honest buck - you get the idea.
You also get original '50s sponsor spots, memorably from 'Schlitz, the beer that made Milwaukee famous!' plus a fair few extras. These include a notorious road safety PSA ('take it easy driving. The life you might save might be mine!') made thirteen days before his fatal road smash.
The stories are very slight and unengrossing but offer a valuable record of JD's acting, especially since the plays were presumably broadcast live. Probably only of interest to Dean completists though.
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