East of Eden

Trivia: During the "punishment" bible reading scene, while James Dean was reading out loud, he was swearing under his breath. This was to evoke anger from the actor who played his father - he was a devout Christian.

Factual error: The movie takes place around the time of WWI, definitely before 1923. In the carnival scene, the calliope is heard playing "Ain't She Sweet". This was the number one song ... in 1927.

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Cal Trask: It's gonna work because it's got to work and it's got to work because I said so.

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Question: Shouldn't there be more people on bicycles? I think a lot of people rode bicycles during this time. At least in the Monterey area. Probably not on the farm as much. People became very car happy in the 50s. Also, the haircuts are very 1940s / early 1950s.

Answer: Movies made during this time were often less concerned about recreating a precise historical era and instead evoked a time period's atmosphere. Audiences then were less discerning or knowledgeable about history, and details regarding hairstyles, clothing, manners, etc. were glossed over and often wrong. More people may have ridden bicycles in that era but many had cars, and it's not really essential to the movie's plot either way.

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