video — september 30, 2012 at 12:55

James Dean warns kids of fast driving on the highway, 1955


“Posted by While completing Giant, and to promote Rebel Without a Cause, Dean filmed a short interview with actor Gig Young for an episode of Warner Bros. Presents just thirteen days before his untimely death at the age of 24 in a car crash on september 30th 1955, in which Dean, instead of saying the popular phrase “The life you save may be your own” instead ad-libbed “The life you might save might be mine.” [sic] Dean’s sudden death prompted the studio to re-film the section, and the piece was never aired—though in the past several sources have referred to the footage, mistakenly identifying it as a public service announcement.

Also when Dean introduced himself to actor Alec Guinness outside the Villa Capri restaurant in Hollywood, he asked him to take a look at the Porsche Spyder he was driving. Guinness thought the car appeared ‘sinister’ and told Dean: “If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week.” This encounter took place on September 23, 1955, seven days before Dean’s death.”