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East of Eden (9-Mar-1955)

Director: Elia Kazan

Writer: Paul Osborn

From novel: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Music by: Leonard Rosenman

Producer: Elia Kazan

Keywords: Drama

Set just prior to World War I, Cal and Aron Trask compete for the love of their father Adam, but it is very clear that his favorite is Aron. Adam has told his sons that their mother is long dead; Cal discovers she is madam of a brothel. Modern retelling of the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress; received nominations for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. James Dean's screen debut.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Dean
8-Feb-1931 30-Sep-1955 Lived fast, died young
Albert Dekker
20-Dec-1905 5-May-1968 The Wild Bunch
Julie Harris
2-Dec-1925 24-Aug-2013 East of Eden
Burl Ives
14-Jun-1909 14-Apr-1995 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Raymond Massey
30-Aug-1896 29-Jul-1983 Things to Come
Lois Smith
3-Nov-1930   Five Easy Pieces
Jo Van Fleet
30-Dec-1914 10-Jun-1996 East of Eden


Julie Harris   ...   Abra
James Dean   ...   Cal Trask
Raymond Massey   ...   Adam Trask
Burl Ives   ...   Sam
Richard Davalos   ...   Aron Trask
Jo Van Fleet   ...   Kate
Albert Dekker   ...   Will Hamilton
Lois Smith   ...   Ann
Harold Gordon   ...   Albrecht
Nick Dennis   ...   Rantani


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