One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by black comic Flip Wilson, this show featured skits, ... See full summary »
Gomer Pyle was a sweet but not too smart Marine from Mayberry, North Carolina who was stationed at Camp Henderson near Los Angeles, California. Gomer's innocence, naivete and low-key demeanor often got him into trouble, most frequently at the hands of his loud-mouthed superior, Sgt. Carter. Duke, Frankie, Lester and Larry were some of Gomer's pals and fellow enlisted men at Camp Henderson, and Lou Anne Poovie was his sometimes girlfriend. Written by
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Lt. Col. Gray's medals are: Silver Star, Navy & Marine Corps Medal, Legion Of Merit (Legionnaire), Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, World War Two Victory Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal (3 Campaigns), Navy Unit Commendation, Korean Service Medal (4 Campaigns), UN Service Medal and Korean Unit Citation. See more »
When wearing uniforms with ribbons, Carter often wears an Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon (which is awarded for serving at least 2 years or one year in combat). This is probably an homage to actor Frank Sutton's WWII Army service. However, he does not wear a Marine Corps Good Conduct Ribbon, which is authorized for 3 years of active service. As a Gunnery Sergeant and Drill Instructor, he would have served over 3 years active as a Marine - hence, earning the award. See more »
I haven't seen this show since I was a kid in reruns after school and I was never a big fan of Gomer Pyle the character, especially in the Andy Griffith show, but having watched the first season of this show on DVD, I must say, it's one of the funniest shows ever.
The main reason is definitely the great comic timing of Nabors and Sutton and how they play off each other. Nabors as the dumb hick who doesn't know anything, yet is a super nice guy and Sutton as the short tempered sergeant who is repeatedly angered by Pyle's exploits; it doesn't get any funnier.
I really admire the Pyle character, now watching this show as an adult. Besides being a caring person for his fellow man in general, he even goes out of his way to help out animals, as in one episode where he befriends a skunk. Nabor's timing playing Pyle was dead on, something you notice much more as an adult than as a kid watching the show. And I admit, every time Sgt. Carter loses his temper and yells at Pyle I would laugh out loud, even though you know it's coming, it's still funny as the first time. It's sad Frank Sutton died in '74 because he could have had a great career as a comic actor, he was truly memorable on this show.
I wonder how vets feel when they watch this show (my never having served I don't know what's it's really like in the service outside of what I've seen in films). They must really laugh at the antics of Sgt. Carter.
A great show, laugh-out loud funny, it's worthy of purchasing the DVDs.
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