The Strange One

Can you get up early enough? If not, set your VCR or watch its repeat at the more accessible hour of midday. This is one of the strangest, and oddly neglected, films of the Fifties.

It successfully translated Ben Gazzara from the New York stage to the screen, and was Peppard's debut appearance in films.

Set in a Southern military academy, it's about the vicious hold that one psychopathic student (Gazzara) exercises over the rest of the school - until his rule is successfully challenged.

It was one of the earliest films to hint quite openly at its homosexual theme, for which it was cut by three minutes in the US.

Other movies have since done the same kind of story, but none has had Gazzara's electrical charge to fire the main boiler of the story.

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