The Wild One

Synopsis: Cop-hating Johnny Strabler is recounting the fateful events that led up to the "whole mess" as he calls it, his role in the mess and whether he could have stopped it from happening. The Black Rebels, a motorcycle gang of which Johnny is the leader, cause a ruckus using intimidation wherever they go, with their actions bordering on the unlawful. On the day of the mess, they invade a motorcycle racing event, at which they cause a general disturbance culminating with one of the gang members stealing a second place trophy to give to Johnny. Despite not being the larger winning trophy, it symbolizes to Johnny his leadership within the group. Their next stop is a small town where their disturbance and intimidation tactics continue. Some in town don't mind their arrival as long as they spend money. Harry Bleeker, the local sheriff, doesn't much like them but is so ineffective and weak that he doesn't do anything to stop them, much to the annoyance of some of the other townsfolk, who see the g
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Laslo Benedek
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

- Let's get gas.

- Yeah, give us some gas!

Hey, gas man.

Ben, business before pleasure.


better put some more beer on ice.

What is this joint? What war do you

suppose this joint was left over from?

Hey, fellas, drag for beers.

Who wants to drag for beers?

Last guy in the door of that joint

buys beers.

Last guy in buys.

- Hey, who is it? Who is it?

- Art, you all right? It's Art Kleiner.

Come on.

- Hey, help this man out!

- Hey, help this man out!

Help the man out! Help the man out!

Put me down! Put me down!

Help the man out! Help the man out!

- What is all this?

- We're just dragging for beers.

And this guy:

- He doesn't know how to drive.

- Yeah.

There's a boy hurt here.

It's his ankle. Looks pretty bad.

What's all that, Kathy?

What's all that? Somebody killed?

Hey, Crazy,

you can't sleep in the street.

Man, look at this cycle.

You really stacked up this thing.

I'll call Dr. Ziegler.

Get your pickup, we'll take him over.

Harry, you seen how it happened.

Those motorcycles

were coming straight at me.

I swung my wheel over as hard

as I could, but they-- Take a look at that.

- What about this, Harry?

- It was an accident. I saw it.

Mark got excited, that's all.

- Aren't you gonna arrest anybody?

- Take it easy, Art. Take it easy.

I'm not excited.

I'm just telling you what happened.

I tried to miss him, then he hit me.

My car's a wreck and somebody has

to pay for the damages, and I mean it.

Okay. You the big cop in the town?

Next time, tell him to look where he's

going. He don't know how to drive.

I mean, he ought to turn one way

or the other. You know what I mean?

There was guys all over the street

trying to miss him.

- Now, just a minute--

- He's all right, but my boy's busted up.

- Look here, Harry--

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John Paxton

John Paxton (May 21, 1911, Kansas City, Missouri - January 5, 1985, Santa Monica, California) was an American screenwriter. He was married to Sarah Jane, who worked in public relations for 20th Century Fox.Some of his films include Murder, My Sweet in 1944, Cornered in 1945, Crossfire in 1947 (an adaptation of the controversial novel The Brick Foxhole that earned him his only Oscar nomination). He helped adapt the screenplay for the controversial movie The Wild One in 1953 starring Marlon Brando. Paxton's work twice received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, for Murder, My Sweet and Crossfire. more…

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