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"The Thief"

January 4, 1955


Screen legend James Dean stars in this live drama as a young man who confesses to the theft of a large amount of money in order to shield the woman he loves (Diana Lynn).  Dean's Method-esque performance style reportedly caused some consternation on set, as other actors in the esteemed cast (including Mary Astor and Paul Lukas) complained that they could not hear his sotto voce rehearsal readings.

Reproduced from 16mm kinescope.  Director: Vincent J. Donohue.  Writer: Arthur Arent.  Cast: Diana Lynn, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, Patric Knowles, James Dean, Nehemiah Persoff, Jerry Morris.  Based on the play by Henri Bernstein.

Related materials

New York Times advertisement for "The Thief," dated January 4, 1955

Variety advertisement for U.S. Steel Hour, dated January 5, 1955

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