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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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Credited cast:
... Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
... Pvt. Owens
... Annie
... Capt. T.L. Anderson
... Burt (as Matt Davis)
... Mrs. Charles D. Owens
Jeannie Beacham ... Hostess
Lou Tobin ... Bartender at Cotton Club
... Guard
Jeanne Baird ... Mother at Woman's Store
... Woman Customer
Melody Gale ... Little Girl at Woman's Store
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Blake Fleming ... Waitress
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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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28 March 1958 (Finland)  »

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Many real-life Marines are extras in the movie. See more »

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After the Captain signs Pvt. Owens general discharge paper and as they leave the office to go meet Owens Mother, they zoom in on the paper and the top two corners are very ruffled. Once they return and the Captain picks the discharge paper back up and the camera zooms in, the top two corners are in perfect condition. See more »

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Pvt. Owens: I have a headache, sir.
TSgt Moore: You don't have a headache. Only your Drill Instructor is allowed to have headaches. I have 72 of them.
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References Kitty Foyle (1940) See more »

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(If'n You Don't) Somebody Else Will
Music by Ray Conniff
Lyrics by Fred Weismantel
Sung by Monica Lewis
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A realistic look at Marine Corp boot camp!
2 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

Jack Webb is riveting as a Marine Corp drill instructor in the D.I.. Webb play Sgt.Jim Moore, a tough but fair Marine whose job it is to prepare young teens for possible combat. No one could have played this role any better that Jack Webb. As a former Marine,I can assure that this is the most accurate film dealing with basic training in the Corp. Extremely entertaining!


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