Jack Garfein had already successfully directed "The Strange One" on stage before the film came into being. In this film noir, based on the novel and play "End as a Man" by Calder Willingham, he broke with several conventions that applied in the US film industry at the time and were laid down in the so-called Hays Code. Scenes with homoerotic connotations are part of the film which, by no means only for this reason, was subsequently censored. All of the actors and crew involved in the work, produced by Sam Spiegel, hail from the Actors Studio, the place where Garfein taught acting. The tale, which centres around protagonist Jocko de Paris (Ben Gazzara), an individual who loves to humiliate, bully and manipulate new cadets and thus embodies evil and dehumanisation, can be understood as an allegory of National Socialism.
Text: Stefanie Borowsky
English: Peter Rickerby