East of Eden

Story: Based on the Steinbeck novel of the same title wherein a young man feels unloved by his father, a Salinas Valley businessman, and his rivalry with his brother. This was James Dean's first starring role.

Scenery: The story is set in Salinas and much of it was filmed in Salinas and the Salinas Valley. The segments depicting old downtown Monterey were actually filmed in Mendocino.


  • Director: Elia Kazan.
  • Stars: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Jo Van Fleet, Burl Ives.


  • Year: 1955
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Film: Color (Warnercolor)
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Cinemascope)
  • Sound: stereo
  • Running time: 115 min.
  • Academy Awards: Best supporting actress (Jo Van Fleet). Nominated for best actor (James Dean), best director, and best screenplay.


Information compiled from:
The Monterey Herald,
the Monterey County Film Commission, Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide,
the Internet Movie Database,
and other sources.

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