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The D.I. (1957)

 -  Drama  -  28 March 1958 (Finland)
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Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is one of the toughest Drill Instructors on Parris Island. But he's got a thorn in his side: Pvt. Owens, who always seems to foul up when the pressure's on. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
Don Dubbins ...
Pvt. Owens
Jackie Loughery ...
Annie
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Capt. Anderson
Monica Lewis ...
Burt (as Matt Davis)
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Mrs. Owens
Jeannie Beacham ...
Hostess
Lou Tobin ...
Bartender at Cotton Club
Earle Hodgins ...
Guard
Jeanne Baird ...
Mother at Woman's Store
Barbara Pepper ...
Woman Customer
Melody Gale ...
Little Girl at Woman's Store
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John T. Ahern ...
Pvt. Casto
Charles M. Golden ...
Pvt. Labarsky
Joseph C. Holmes ...
Pvt. Madison
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Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is one of the toughest Drill Instructors on Parris Island. But he's got a thorn in his side: Pvt. Owens, who always seems to foul up when the pressure's on. Convinced that "there's a man underneath that baby powder," Sgt. Moore drives Owens to the point of desertion. Making things worse, Capt. Anderson has given Moore three days to make the scared private into Marine material, "or I'll personally cut the lace off his panties and ship him out!" Adding to the pressure, Moore also juggles a budding romance with a shop girl. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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Trivia

The ribbons Jack Webb wears on his dress uniform are from top to bottom and left to right are: First Row: Navy Cross; Second Row: Navy Commendation, Bronze Star, Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Third Row: Purple Heart, Good Conduct, China Service; Fourth Row: American Defense Service, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign; Fifth Row: Victory Medal World War II, World War II Occupation, National Defense; Sixth Row: Korean Service, United Nations Korean Service, Korean Presidential Unit Citation. See more »

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In the middle of the movie, Jack Webb is wearing dress Alpha uniform with 4 service stripes (hash marks), which indicates more than 16 but less than 20 years of service. Near the end of the movie, he is in his blues with 3 hash marks, indicating between over 12 but less than 16 years of service. See more »

Quotes

TSgt Moore: If you were completely surrounded by an enemy force of five hundred men, what would you do?
Recruit: Kill 'em, sir!
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References Kitty Foyle (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

(If'n You Don't) Somebody Else Will
Music by Ray Conniff
Lyrics by Fred Weismantel
Sung by Monica Lewis
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Private Owens was such a coward!
25 October 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I am a Sergeant in the US Army who has had ten years experience on active duty and six years in the National Guard, I also served in Operation Desert Storm. I think I am in a better position to review this film then many others have done. Jack Webb always wanted realism in his films and television shows. He made The DI between the Dragnet series that he did and it is an excellent film that has not aged at all. It is as tough-hitting and realistic as ever. Maybe Jack isn't as good as Louis Gosset or Lee Ermey was in his portrayal of a Marine drill instructor, but he is damn close I can tell you! Maybe people think that drill sergeants are so mean, but I can tell you from my experience that they HAVE to be that way! You don't train young Marines or soldiers effectively by being kind. You have to get in their face and let them know that its all business. You tear them down and build them up all over again. That is the purpose of military training that they show in this film. The year before this film was made, on April 8, 1956 as a matter of fact, a Marine drill instructor marched his platoon into Ribbon Creek swamp at Parris Island as punishment. There was an unexpected storm and tidal wave and six Marines drowned as a result. This black mark on The Marine Corps resulted in a very negative thing. They have made military training far TOO easy as a result. Did you know that today drill sergeants are not even allowed to swear at privates when they do something dumb! They are not allowed to touch them and its like they have made basic training like a girl scout summer camp! I hated Private Owens because he reminded me of a lot of soldiers I have known in my career that were just babies who had been passed thru training and would have been killed on day 1 in combat!


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