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Rebel Without a Cause Summary
Nicholas Ray

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Rebel Without a Cause Summary

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As Rebel Without a Cause begins, Jim Stark lies on the floor playing with a toy. The police take the disheveled young man to the station for drunkenness. A girl named Judy also sits in the station as she waits to be called back to an office. She is crying because her father doesn't love her and has called her a "dirty tramp." Earlier in the night, her father rubbed all of the makeup off of her face, so she ran out of the house and spent the night wandering the streets. The investigator at the station asks if she is looking for companionship, but she says she isn't. He then asks if she believes that she's trying to get back at her dad, and they offer to call him. She finally gives them the number rather than stay at the station. When...

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