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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Jeff East ... Craig Lewis
Kelly Moran ... Wendy
Sandra Vacey ... Dworsky

David Hayward ... Carl Lewis
Brad David ... Rod
Jim Boelsen ... Phil

Charles Martin Smith ... Barney (as Charlie Martin Smith)

Hal Smith ... Ice Man (as Hal J. Smith)
Paul Napier ... Detective Henderson
Betty Hager ... Shirley
Joe Petrullo ... Police Sgt.
Edgar Justice ... Mr. Askin
Dean Dittman ... Minister (as Dean Dittmann)
Lani O'Grady ... Campus Girl

Pat Skelton ... Dolan (as Patrick Skelton)
Gordon Metcalfe ... JoJo
Dick Davis ... Coach

Sparky Watt ... Farmer
Michael Blakley
Constance Cawlfield
Dick Merrifield
Pat Hanson

Directed by
Douglas Curtis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Ketchum 
Bruce Shelly 

Produced by
Douglas Curtis .... producer
Robert Fridley .... executive producer
Bruce Shelly .... producer
Original Music by
Ian Freebairn-Smith 
Cinematography by
Donald G. Knight (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Makeup Department
Gordon Freed .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Bob Manning .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James B. Greer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Chris Barr .... property master (as Christopher Barr)
Sound Department
Lee Alexander .... sound mixer
Richard Bryce Goodman .... boom operator
Gib Jaffe .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Christiaansen .... assistant camera
Robert Decker .... key grip (as Bob Decker)
Skip Karnas .... gaffer (as Albert St. Onge)
Chris Ogle .... grip driver
Douglas Olivares .... second assistant camera
J. Michael Popovich .... lighting best boy (as Michael Popovich)
Dennis H. Ranke .... still photographer
Scott M. Robinson .... grip: best boy
Casting Department
Russ Larson .... extras casting
Doris White .... casting: location
Music Department
Jules Chaikin .... music supervision
Other crew
Eudie Charnes .... production coordinator
Rita Eichinger .... production assistant (as Rita Kae Eichinger)
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor (as Sonny Filippini)
Arlene Garelick .... production secretary


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Also Known As:
"Here Come the Delts" - USA (reissue title)
"The Curious Case of the Campus Corpse" - USA (alternative title)
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90 min
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It was after director Richard Donner had asked for a screening of this film and seen Jeff East's performance that East subsequently got the part of the young Clark Kent in Superman (1978).See more »
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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Curious ... and disappointing., 7 February 2010
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"The Hazing" is one of them films I always wanted to see solely based on the illustrated cover image here on IMDb. Yes, that's how shallow I am! I don't care if ten million people call it a crap movie, the poster looks awesome so I guess I'll just have to see it … Now, "The Hazing" can somewhat be described like its alternate title: curious! The poster and title make it sound like a genuine horror movie set on campus and dealing with sinister initiation rites, but this movie is actually more of a crossbreed between comedy and thriller. First of all, there's something very wrong with the tagline on the old VHS box I watched. It says: He had good grades, a good girl and good buddies … until they put him through the Hazing". That's not the case, actually. Protagonist Gilbert Lewis is finally accepted by an acclaimed campus through an athletics scholarship. It takes over half the movie before we even hear about his girlfriend back home and the only "buddy" he has is a very nerdy Charles Martin Smith (still with hair in this film). Both of them are approached to become members of the prestigious "Delts" fraternity, but during their hazing exam – in which they have to descend a mountain dressed in their tidy white undies – Barney falls off a cliff and breaks his leg. When Lewis returns with the other frat boys, Barney froze to death already. Together they intended to keep the body frozen for five days and then claim he never returned from a weekend ski-trip. With Barney's body hidden in the cafeteria freezer, Lewis has to cover for him so that Barney's absence doesn't look suspicious. The set-up of "The Hazing" is quite original and potentially innovative, but the problem here is that the execution could easily have been a lot better. The tone is too steady and too serious for a comedy movie, even a black one, but on the other hand there aren't any proper attempts to build up suspense or thrills, neither. The soundtrack is cheerful and full of light-headed tunes, but that's nearly not enough to make this film a comedy. Around an hour into the film, the plot also runs out of steam and idea, and the makers have no better alternative to fill up the emptiness with romantic compilations of Lewis and his outer town girlfriend biking through the countryside. I didn't like the final twist, because it's quite implausible and because it has been done numerous times before and after (though admittedly after). "The Hazing" is not a complete waste of time, but still I'm glad I found an ex-rental tape at a friend's house instead of having to spend any money on the recently released DVD.

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