When it was released in 1955, Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause wasn’t just a defining depiction of teen angst in post-war America, it was a instant gay classic.
Critics call the relationship between James Dean’s rebellious Jim Stark and Sal Mineo’s lonely Plato the first to depict gay desire in a mainstream Hollywood film. As Judy, Natalie Wood played one of filmdom’s first fag hags
Of course, it was mostly under the radar—unconscious even. The Motion Picture Production Code was still in effect, banning over depictions of LGBT themes.
But do you know many straight teens who have photos of Alan Ladd in their lockers? Or tell their hunky best friend they love them?
Watch Cocktails and Classics: Rebel Without A Cause, July 24 at 8/7c on Logo. And enjoy it with a delicious “Stark and Stormy”—get the recipe below!