Rare Film of Ronald Reagan, James Dean Unearthed

Today, it’s an astonishing, even eerie, scene: the icon of modern American conservatism, whose rise to political prominence was galvanized by the cultural rebellion of the 1960s, fighting off an attack-at-gunpoint by the quintessential modern American rebel. But when “The Dark, Dark Hours” episode of General Electric Theater aired live from Hollywood on December 12, 1954, Ronald Reagan and James Dean were just two actors yet to find the roles that would define them.

Read the full article at The Atlantic at http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2010/04/ronald-reagan-and-james-dean-rare-video-from-1954/39238/

Reagan plays a doctor who feels threatened by Dean, a teenage criminal seeking medical help for a friend.