James Dean's First Screen Test

Publish Date
Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 12:43PM

James Dean died on this day 60 years ago - he would be 84 if still alive today.

This rare clip is an early screentest; even without sound, you can see his early promise and charisma. Look for the place where something tickles his nose!

The actress with him is Lois Smith. She is still working - she's played Jack Nicholson's sister in Five Easy Pieces, Daryl Hannah's mum in Reckless, and our own Anna Pacquin's grandmother Adele Stackhouse in the recent cult drama True Blood.