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The D.I. (1957)

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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Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
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Pvt. Owens
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Annie
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Capt. T.L. Anderson
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Burt (as Matt Davis)
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Mrs. Charles D. Owens
Jeannie Beacham ...
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Lou Tobin ...
Bartender at Cotton Club
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Guard
Jeanne Baird ...
Mother at Woman's Store
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Woman Customer
Melody Gale ...
Little Girl at Woman's Store
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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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28 March 1958 (Finland)  »

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At one point while Sgt. Moore and the captain are arguing, the captain dismissively speaks of Owens needing "lace removed from his panties." Jack Webb lobbied, in vain, to have that line removed or changed, because the word "panties" embarrassed Webb. See more »

Goofs

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: Why don't you take a long walk on a short pier?
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Featured in JAG: Boot (1996) 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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For a non-serviceman, Jack Webb is GREAT!
8 March 2004 | by (Fayetteville, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in the late 60's, and try to see it every time it comes on TV, which, unfortunately, isn't often. Now that I have TCM and FMC, I hope it will be on at least once a year. Like Louis Gossett Jr. in An Officer and A Gentleman, Jack Webb delivers an unbelievably great performance as a Parris Island Drill Sergeant with the classic screw-up recruit, and the story line in this one, though dated, is touching and very well acted. And having real jar-heads in the cast certainly helped in the realism of the film as well. It's a great film with top-notch acting and a superb story. See it if you have the chance-It's well worth the time!


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