The scenes of Robert Stack showing Gilbert Roland how to skeet shoot parallel true life. In collage Stack was not interested in team sports, so he took up skeet shooting. In 1935 he came in second in the National Skeet Shooting Championship (held in Cleveland), and in 1936 his five-man team broke the standing record at the National Skeet Championships (held in St. Louis). In 1937 was the U.S. 20-gauge champion skeet marksman, and held the record for more than 350 consecutive hits. He also served as a gunnery officer in the U.S. Navy for more than three years during World War II and, among other decorations, was awarded the "Expert Rifle" and "Expert Pistol" ribbons.