The Strange One (1957) / Z-View

The Strange One  (1957)

Director:  Jack Garfein

Screenplay by:  Calder Willingham based on his play End as a Man

Starring:  Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Peter Mark Richman, Arthur Storch, Larry Gates, Clifton James and George Peppard

Tagline: You’ll never forget BEN GAZZARA as the louse, “Jocko”

The Overview:  Beware of spoilers…

Cadet Staff Sergeant Jocko De Paris (Gazzara) is a senior at Southern Military College.  De Paris bullies and torments underclassmen.  One of De Paris’ favorite things to do is force young cadets into situations that benefits him, but if caught would get the cadets expelled.  Because of his reputation and force of character, no one will stand against him until…

It’s interesting to note that The Strange One features the film debuts of Ben Gazzara and George Peppard.  Kudos also to Arthur Storch for his portrayal of Cadet Simmons.  The Strange One earns 3 of 5 stars.