Stewart Stern on ‘Rebel Without a Cause’


Eve Golden forwards this interview conducted with the late Stewart Stern, in which he commented on his screenplay for “Rebel Without a Cause”:

As he has noted elsewhere, “Rebel Without a Cause” is inspired by [the play “Peter Pan”] — “my whole life has revolved around that play, which I felt was the story of my own life — I never stopped wanting to be Peter Pan. The character played by James Dean is Peter, Sal Mineo is all of the Lost Boys, and Natalie Wood is Wendy.”

Thanks, Eve!

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2 Responses to Stewart Stern on ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

  1. Joe Sanchez says:

    Days long gone. God bless, -Joe Sanchez NYPD


  2. Eve says:

    My favorite part of the interview was his first meeting lifelong friend Bea Lillie, at a show-biz party during WWII (Bea’s son, remember, was missing in action at this point):

    “So I walked into this room, it looked like a palace, the most extravagant and gorgeous buffet that I ever saw, and every celebrity on Broadway. Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence were there, and John Gielgud, on and on. I was so self-conscious, being the only uniform in the room, and not knowing why I was there, what I was supposed to do, trying to get into a conversation, or even close enough to hear one.”

    “And at the stroke of midnight the doorbell rang and in came a gentleman named Edward Duryea Dowling [a Broadway producer and director] escorting Bea, and I almost fainted. She scanned the room and spotted my uniform, and came over put her arm through mine and said, ‘getting much lately?’


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