Soldier in the Rain (1963)

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The bond of friendship between a worldly-wise Army Master Sergeant and his naive worshiper.



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Complete credited cast:
MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter
Sgt. Eustis Clay
Bobby Jo Pepperdine
Lt. Magee
MP Sgt. James Priest
Lew Gallo ...
Sgt. Fred Lenahan
Rockne Tarkington ...
Sgt. William Booth
Paul Hartman ...
Chief of Police
John Hubbard ...
Battalion Major
Frances McCoy
Sam Flint ...
Old Man
Lewis Charles ...
Sgt. Tozzi
Captain (inspecting)


Sentemental military comedy revolves around two contemporary army buddies, Master Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter (Jackie Gleason), a smooth operator, who supply Sergeant Eustis Clay (Steve McQueen) idolizes and hopes will join him as a civilian in a private business enterprise. Clay endeavors to be a player in the military, just like Slaughter, but it seems as though Clay still has a lot to learn from his mentor. They are joined by Tuesday Weld as a shrill dizzy blonde teenager named Bobby Jo Pepperdine and Tony Bill as bumbling Private First Class Jerry Meltzer, McQueen's screwball sidekick. Written by alfiehitchie

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Two highly irregulars, in the very regular army! And this is the story of the million-dollar schemes they dared, the fabulous dolls and dates, they shared. See more »


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Release Date:

27 November 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Compañeros de armas y puñetazos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the beginning Eustis Clay is seen admiring a parked sports car. It is a 1962 or early 1963 Shelby AC Cobra, one of the first cars Caroll Shelby made, and extremely valuable. See more »


At the fair when Bobby Joe throws the stuffed tiger at Sgt. Slaughter it is moving downwards with sound effects of hitting the ground. In the next split second shot Sgt. Slaughter has it tucked neatly under his left arm. See more »


Clay: See ya later, Maxwell
Slaughter: Until that time, Eustice, until that time
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The odd couple - military style

Buddy movies seem to work particularly well when the twosome is made up of opposing elements often reflected in physical types and races. Pryor and Wilder, Mostel and Wilder, Glover and Gibson, the list goes on... Steve Mcqueen and Jackie Gleason are certainly an unexpected buddy duo, but it's a coupling which works very well.

The heroic action type seems to have dominated Mcqueen's career. As an actor he was capable of a lot more. As a likeable rogue he brought much charm to "The Reivers" similar to what we find in "Soldier in the Rain" though with an added edge of eccentricity.

Jackie Gleason, (who not only looks like Orson Welles but seems to sound like him to here), complements the duo with his own inimitable charm. Tuesday Weld, who as always has that special charm of her own, adds to the general good vibe this innocuous army life comedy has to offer.

While not exactly a film of much importance, its undeniable abundance of good nature plus talented cast make it a pleasant way to pass 88 minutes.

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