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The Strange One (1957)

 -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  12 April 1957 (USA)
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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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Cadet Sgt. Jocko DeParis
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Cadet Harold 'Harry' Koble
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Cadet Col. Laurie Lorger (as Mark Richman)
Arthur Storch ...
Cadet Simmons
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Cadet Perrin 'Cockroach' McKee (as Paul E. Richards)
Larry Gates ...
Maj. George Avery Sr.
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Col. M.N. Ramsey
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Cadet George Avery Jr.
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Cadet Roger Gatt
Julie Wilson ...
Peonie (aka 'Rosebud')
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Cadet Robert Marquales
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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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"Nightboy"
13 June 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See 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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