Dean Stockwell montage

Dean Stockwell and Ernest Hemingway, 1950s

That’s Stockwell in “Compulsion” – the Leopold and Loeb story – from 1959. Orson Welles stars.

Dean Stockwell in the classic “Secret Garden” – in 1949 – I saw that movie a million times when I was a kid.

Dean Stockwell in “Psych-Out”, Susan Strasberg (who died a couple of years ago) was the star, She was the daughter of Lee Strasberg, famous acting teacher.

That’s him in “Married to the Mob”, of course

That’s Stockwell in “Kim” – the movie adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling tale

In “Blue Velvet”. If I let myself think too much about that guy, I would have nightmares

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10 Responses to Dean Stockwell montage

  1. tracey says:

    I love that huge swwooop in his hair when he was younger. It seems to be in all the pictures of him, like some untameable force of nature.

  2. tracey says:

    btw, you may actually be obsessed now. I mean, I’ll wait quietly for the official announcement … I’m just sayin’ is all. ;-)

  3. red says:


    I’m thinking next week, around Wed. or Thurs. I’ll be ready to go public.

    For now, I’m just sneaking up on my prey.

  4. Tainted Bill says:

    I have Gentleman’s Agreement from Netflix for this weekend.

  5. red says:

    He’s the best thing in that movie!

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    Even Rocky had a montage.

  7. Tainted Bill says:

    You’re right, he was the best part about that movie.

  8. red says:

    Wasn’t he? It’s such a ponderous self-important movie – boring, really – and Gregory Peck is the worst part of it. I love Gregory Peck, but blah, bad performance. Dean Stockwell seems to come from real life – not a Very Important Movie about a Very Important Issue.

    Don’t even try, CHiPs!!

  9. Tainted Bill says:

    Peck is usually good at being self-righteous, but I got tired of the “I am performing the most important, selfless and noble task in the history of humanity” vibe his character was throwing off.

    Considering this was two years after the Holocaust, a film about being unable to get a job or a nice hotel room rang a little hollow.

  10. red says:

    Yeah – very self-righteous.

    But I think it’s because of the Holocaust having happened that anti-semitism could even be acknowledged, dealt with – it never had before. That movie was a big deal at the time – it completely pulled back a veil on this unseen part of American life (that still, obviously, exists). And going to save Jews in concentration camps is a very different thing from marrying a Jew, or living next door to one, or whatever – It’s a very TV Movie of the Week kind of thing. It just had “Important Movie” written all over it. I think it could have been better, most definitely. And Peck was a big fat bore.

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