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The Strange One (1957)

Jocko De Paris, cadet leader in a Southern military academy, so manipulates events that George Avery, Jr., son of the school's executive officer, is found drunk and expelled. Through ... See full summary »

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Jack Garfein

Writers:

Calder Willingham (screenplay), Calder Willingham (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ben Gazzara ... Jocko De Paris
Pat Hingle ... Harold Koble
Peter Mark Richman ... Cadet Colonel Corger (as Mark Richman)
Arthur Storch ... Simmons
Paul E. Richards Paul E. Richards ... Perrin McKee
Larry Gates ... Major Avery
Clifton James ... Colonel Ramsey
Geoffrey Horne ... George Avery
James Olson ... Roger Gatt
Julie Wilson ... Rosebud
George Peppard ... Robert Marquales
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Storyline

Jocko De Paris, cadet leader in a Southern military academy, so manipulates events that George Avery, Jr., son of the school's executive officer, is found drunk and expelled. Through various pressures, Jocko silences such involuntary accomplices as his roommate Harold Koble, football star Roger Gatt and freshmen Robert Marquales and Maynard Simmons, a girl-fearing cadet whom Jocko terrorizes into dating Rosebud, a town girl. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"THE STRANGE ONE" IS A STRANGE ONE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

End as a Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Horizon Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Peter Mark Richman (as Mark Richman), Arthur Storch, and Paul E. Richards played the same roles on stage. The play "End of a Man" opened on Broadway in October 1953 and ran for 105 performances. See more »

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Referenced in Rescued from the Closet (2001) See more »

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"Nightboy"
13 June 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

An interesting look at gay themes from the 1950s. At the time this movie came pout, homosexuality was still a crime in most (maybe all) states. It had another decade and a half to go before being declassified as mental illness.

This opens with a drawing that looks like Tom of Finland. The people involved in making this may never have heard of Tom of Finland. It was the stylized gay zeitgeist. (I guess. I was not there.) Ben Gazzara plays the central character. He is a horrible, thoroughly unlivable bully. It all takes place at a military academy. A fey student who seems to worship him, despite his cruelty, is writing a novel based on his life. It's called "Nightboy." And John Rechy was still a youngster! It's a worthwhile movie. The acting is good all around. The plot is not entirely plausible. But it's exciting and consistently well done.


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