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

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MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter
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Sgt. Eustis Clay
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Bobby Jo Pepperdine
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Lt. Magee
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Sgt. William Booth
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Frances McCoy
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Old Man
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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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Trivia

The large patch on the left shoulder of everyone's uniform is of the U.S. Sixth Army. At the time of this film, it was headquartered at The Presidio in San Francisco. It was the training Army for soldiers being sent overseas. Inactivated in 1995, it was reactivated in 2008 and is now headquartered at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. See more »

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When Sergeant Clay (Steve McQueen) puts a coin in Sergeant Slaughter's soda vending machine, a bottle comes out even though he didn't make a selection of the four varieties on display. See more »

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Slaughter: After Clay slices his golf ball onto the green by standing at right angles to the green on Slaughter's instructions after slicing every ball he hits, the balls rolls onto the green and bumps into Slaughter's ball which is already there, and comes to rest against it with a dinging sound effect like when a cash register drawer is opened: Hoooo-weee!
Clay: What did I do right?
Frances McCoy: Oh, they're both together!
Slaughter: It's the mating season.
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Listen to the Mockingbird
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lyrics by Septimus Winner (aka Alice Hawthorne)
music by Richard Milburn
heard as background source music as an instrumental at county fair
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Oddball service comedy with unusually strong performances.
13 July 2000 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

By the early 1960s, attempts at screwball comedies were often strained. This service buddy film is certainly oddball, and frequently lurches into unsettlingly dramatic material, but it contains one of Tuesday Weld's very best performances: her scene at the fair with Jackie Gleason is amazingly touching and funny and (startlingly) romantic. Any film that can sustain a comic-romantic idyll between Tuesday Weld and Jackie Gleason must be given credit (it's the only truly romantic scene in Gleason's movie career).


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