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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
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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Bobby Jo Pepperdine:
[after Sgt. Slaughter has manhandled an annoying soldier]
You know what you were like? You were like Randolph Scott on the late, late movies... A fat Randolph Scott!
"A fat Randolph Scott"?... Miss Pepperdine, you certainly have a faculty for searching out and selecting *just* the right compliment.
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This funny and sweet film brings together three characters whose personalities are in sharp contrast to each other.
McQueen is known for his roles as a "tough guy," but in this movie, his remarkable comedy skill was shown. If you have seen McQueen only as a tough guy, then seeing him in this movie will impress you with the range of which he was capable.
Conversely, Gleason, the great comic, as the straight man here, is sweet and touching and tragic.
Tuesday Weld plays a ditzy bimbo who oddly enough, becomes a girlfriend for Gleason's character in a May/December pairing that is even more peculiar on account of her fluffiness contrasted to his quiet and sober nature.
The film is in black and white, which was very effective for the story.
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