James Dean Meets Ronald Reagan for 80th & 100th Birthday

February 9th, 2011 - 2:55 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Feb 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Today is James Dean’s eightieth birthday, and although it is passing by without all that much attention, there is one memorable tribute which stands out, courtesy of the ‘St Louis Post-Dispatch’ in the form of a film by critic Joe Williams.

The rare footage entitled “When Ronnie Met Jimmy” shows just how much Williams admired James Dean, revealing that he has visited the star’s grave in Indiana, and also been to the crossroads in California where James Dean lost his life. William discovered a video clip from ‘The Dark, Dark Hours’, a film from 1954 which starred not only James Dean, but another well known man whose 100th birthday was this week, Ronald Reagan.

In the clip embedded below, you can see as Dean pulls a gun on Reagan, and insists that he remove a bullet from his friend. When Reagan tells him that he is not a surgeon, Dean replies, “Well fake it, Dad!” It is a great memorial of both men.

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