Bob Hinkle showing James Dean rope tricks used in movie Giant.
Bob Hinkle showing James Dean rope tricks used in movie Giant.

With Turner Classic Movies running the classic 1956 movie Giant, it got me thinking of my friend Bob Hinkle, the dialogue and roping coach on the movie. He struck up an all-too-short friendship with actor James Dean. Dean died shortly after principle filming ended and our drive today is to the spot where Dean’s Porsche collided with another car on Sept. 30, 1955.  Read about the accident and location on the Weird California website»

In addition to helping Rock Hudson and Dean perfect the West Texas accent, he also showed some rope tricks to Dean, who used the tricks throughout the picture.

Bob, I swiped the featured photo with this item; owe you a beer. Hope you and Sandy are doing well.

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