Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

The memorable knife fight in the 1955 James Dean film, “Rebel Without a Cause,” was famously filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.  The location is so synonymous with the film, there have been many other subsequent productions, directly inspired by “Rebel Without a Cause” to also shoot at the Observatory, including “La La Land” and Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush” music video (featuring Keanu Reeves in the Dean role).

LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Here is the spot where the knife fight takes place, which is located on the back portion of the observatory.

There is even a statue of James Dean at the observatory, honoring his iconic performance.


Some of the interiors of “Dawson High” were filmed at John Marshall High School.  A regular location in film and television, it has also appeared in such movies as “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Bachelor Party,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “Grease” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “Boston Public” and many more.  It was even used in the Van Halen music video for “Hot For Teacher.”  The exteriors were filmed at Santa Monica High School (601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405).


LOCATION: 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027