Giant - 1956
Movie: Giant - 1956
Director: George Stevens
Synopsis: Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) travels from his mega-ranch in Texas to Maryland to buy a horse. While there, he is smitten by the horse owner's daughter Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), and returns in his private train car with the horse - and the daughter. So begins a Technicolor epic that encompasses several generations of Benedicts, oil exploration, and social change. An important participant along the way is Jett Rink (James Dean) - a farm hand who hangs around, inherits a small bit of land, and through an oil strike becomes "too rich to kill".
Scene: Reata (the ranch) - and the Benedict "brand" are seen throughout this film. Jett Rink eventually gets his own monogram also.
Monogram: The initial R, based on a curled rope, appears in many forms: on a suitcase, a train car, the gate to the ranch, a leaded-glass stairway window, a cow, a silver belt embellishment, the tail of an airplane, and a crib for the grandchildren. Jett Rink prefers something more modern: JR in raised metal lettering.
Contributed by: Cathy Sundermann