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I don't remember much of the story, but James Dean plays an angry juvenile delinquent out on bail after being arrested on a marijuana charge. He's much more criminal-minded than the James Stark character he would later play in "Rebel Without a Cause." The owner of the cafe in which the teleplay is set throws him out for spiking Cokes with alcohol. What's amazing about this 1953 broadcast is that it begins with the jukebox playing Bill Haley & His Comets' "Crazy Man, Crazy," a proto rock 'n' roll record that actually did well in the charts at the time--much like Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" would later kick off the film "Blackboard Jungle." James Dean is the first jitterbugger out on the dancefloor. Of course, nobody knew then who James Dean was, nor did anyone think of "Crazy Man, Crazy" as being anything but a novelty record because the term rock 'n' roll wasn't used then. It was thanks to Elvis Presley that the ghost of James Dean become the patron saint of rock 'n' roll in 1956.