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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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Jack Webb

Writer:

James Lee Barrett (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
Don Dubbins ... Pvt. Owens
Jackie Loughery ... Annie
Lin McCarthy ... Capt. T.L. Anderson
Monica Lewis ... Burt (as Matt Davis)
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Charles D. Owens
Jeannie Beacham Jeannie Beacham ... Hostess
Lou Tobin Lou Tobin ... Bartender at Cotton Club
Earle Hodgins ... Guard
Jeanne Baird ... Mother at Woman's Store
Barbara Pepper ... Woman Customer
Melody Gale Melody Gale ... Little Girl at Woman's Store
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Blake Fleming Jean Blake Fleming ... Waitress
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Storyline

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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Nobody knew he had a girl--not even the girl! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1958 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Drill Instructor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

During the 80's this movie was played to recruits on MCRD Parris Island. 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: Out on that drill field yesterday, you people were miserable. You people ain't even a mob. A mob's got a leader. You people are a herd. I'm gonna get me a sheep dog!
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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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The Toughest Dang Drill Instructor Ever!
21 December 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

THE D.I. (4 outta 5 stars) Wow, I certainly did not expect to be enjoying this movie as much as I did. I had never even heard of it until I saw it sitting in the discount video bin one day. I figured Jack Webb playing an army drill instructor might be good for a chuckle but figured the drama would pale in comparison to such recent movie D.I.s as portrayed in "Full Metal Jacket" or "An Officer and a Gentleman". Boy, was I wrong. This is probably the best work Webb has ever done... far and away better than his one-note "Dragnet" performances. The delivery of his tough guy dialogue is just brilliant... done in his patented deadpan monotone and yet you *know* that the guy means every word of it. The story might seem a little hokey compared to the grittier military movies that have followed but I still found the movie fascinating and compelling. Even a completely unnecessarily musical interlude in an army nightclub had me hooked. Anyone know where I can get a copy of that terrific Ray Coniff song "If'n You Don't, Somebody Else Will"? Webb plays the toughest dang drill instructor ever... and he's under pressure to kick out the deadbeat Private Owen but, by golly, he sees a man buried somewhere in that sissyboy and he's gonna drag him out kicking and screaming! Great stuff!


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