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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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Jocko De Paris
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Harold Koble
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Cadet Colonel Corger (as Mark Richman)
Arthur Storch ...
Simmons
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Perrin McKee (as Paul E. Richards)
Larry Gates ...
Major Avery
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Colonel Ramsey
Geoffrey Horne ...
George Avery
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Roger Gatt
Julie Wilson ...
Rosebud
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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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A Flawed Film
22 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of the actors in this film were in their late 20s or 30s when the movie was made. Therefore, they are not convincing as college-age students. Ben Gazzara, who was about 27 at the time, and always looked older than his age, looks 35.

Notwithstanding the fact that Gazzara was re-creating his stage role for this movie, and may have been a sensation at the time, we have to keep in mind that the stage is very forgiving of age. Actors on the stage are constantly portraying characters younger than their own years.

But when you are looking at someone on stage, you cannot see every line, crease, wrinkle sag and jowl, which are exaggerated when a movie camera is stuck in your face.

In an early scene, all of the characters are in their pajamas, and Gazzara is wearing his military hat. Who wears a hat in their pajamas? Well, this is a common theatrical trick to make the actor appear to be taller.

The IMDb biography of Gazzara states he is 5' 10" tall. That statistic must have come from Gazzara's publicist because Gazzara is 5'5" at best. He is positively dwarfed by George Peppard who is legitimately over 6' tall.

Can we really believe that the shortest man on campus is the biggest bully? It's sure not convincing to me.

So, we're left with unconvincing actors stuck in a boring plot. We can't blame the actors for this. The blame lies with the producer and the script writer.

My advice is skip this movie.


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