An astonishing picture of life in a military academy and of the process by which boys are turned into men, adapted by the author from his best-selling novel. Here are all sorts of average American boys. And here, too, is Jocko de Paris. Jocko is a sadistic upper-classman who hazes and abuses the lower classmen, and contrives incidents to discredit and shame his own classmates. He is rich, spoiled, brutal, and vicious. But one nightmarish prank trips him up, and both he and the cowards he intimidated are court-martialled and expelled. The trial scene, as played on Broadway by Ben Gazzara and Albert Salmi, renders a harrowing picture of paranoia.
"A tense absorbing, often amusing study of how military schools turn boys into men." - New York Mirror
"It is a dandy down to the last salute." - New York Daily News