The Strange One

The Strange One

Director: Jack Garfein Cast: Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Mark Richman


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In his film debut, Ben Gazzara repeats his stage portrayal of Jocko De Paris, a manipulative psychotic who holds a Southern military school in thrall. With the help of his flunkies, cadets Harold Knoble (Pat Hingle) and Roger Gatt (James Olson), Jocko sadistically terrorizes the underclassmen, forcing them to do his bidding. Efforts made by Major Avery (Larry Gates) to expose Jocko are constantly thwarted by the students' conspiracy of silence and by Jocko's own efforts to destroy Avery. Finally, cadet Robert Marquales (George Peppard, likewise making his first film appearance) can stand no more: turning the tables on Jocko, Marquales reveals the monster for the snivveling coward he really is. This filmization of Calder Willingham's play and novel End as a Man almost didn't make it to the screen due to its pronounced homosexual subtext. The filmmakers managed to circumvent the censors by removing three minutes of allegedly offensive footage, and by making the film's most overtly gay character a slimy, repulsive creep (another implicitly homosexual character, played by Arthur Storch, is depicted as merely wimpish and withdrawn). As a box-office come-on, Calder Willingham added the superfluous character of good-time gal Rosebud (Julie Wilson).

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2016
UPC: 0043396495494
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 46,602

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Gazzara Jocko De Paris
Pat Hingle Harold Knoble
Mark Richman Cadet Colonel Corger
Paul E. Richards Perrin McKee
Larry Gates Maj. Avery
James Olson Roger Gatt
Julie Wilson Rosebud
George Peppard Robert Marquales
Geoffrey Horne Georgie Avery
Arthur Storch Simmons
Clifton James Col. Ramey

Technical Credits
Jack Garfein Director
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Sidney Katz Editor
Sam Spiegel Producer
Calder Willingham Screenwriter
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Strange One
1. Chapter 1 [10:46]
2. Chapter 2 [9:13]
3. Chapter 3 [11:53]
4. Chapter 4 [8:21]
5. Chapter 5 [11:20]
6. Chapter 6 [8:56]
7. Chapter 7 [10:16]
8. Chapter 8 [10:31]
9. Chapter 9 [9:15]
10. Chapter 10 [8:55]

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Queengeek More than 1 year ago
This is one strange movie, too. They couldn't come right out and say that Ben Gazzara's character was gay because of censorship issues; it makes me wonder if many of the people who saw this movie when it was new had any idea of its' subtext. It's also funny how obvious the subtext of the movie is now...these days, it's pretty obvious, and the viewer doesn't have to read between the lines. At all. That said, THE STRANGE ONE is a very entertaining movie, which plays a lot like REFLECTIONS OF A GOLDEN EYE except, well, good. Very Southern, military school background, overheated just can't go wrong with this movie.