James Dean and Ronald Reagan in The Dark, Dark Hours

The Atlantic has unearthed some remarkable video of James Dean and Ronald Reagan acting together in a live 1954 TV drama called The Dark, Dark Hours.

John Meroney reports on how the footage was discovered:

No one has seen this episode in the decades since; the kinescope has been locked away, until now.

My friend¬†Wayne Federman, a writer for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, unearthed the broadcast, condensing it from its original 23 minutes (without commercials) into the six-minute version you see below.

(Federman is planning a retrospective of Reagan’s television career for next year’s Reagan centennial.)

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