East of Eden. Director Elia Kazan does his best with one of John Steinbeck's worst novels, and a new star, James Dean, is born of his pains; with Julie Harris (TIME, March 21).
The Wages of Fear. Fear, oil, greed, Central America and nitroglycerin, stirred together in an angry philosophical shocker by French Director Henri-Georges Clouzot (TIME, Feb. 21).
Game of Love. First oats, as two French adolescents sow them; based on Colette's novel, Le Blé en Herbe (TIME, Jan. 24).
Romeo and Juliet. Never has Shakespeare's love poem been so splendidly set among the Renaissance remains of Venice, Verona, Siena (TIME, Dec. 20).