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Soldier in the Rain (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 November 1963 (USA)
The bond of friendship between a worldly-wise Army Master Sergeant and his naive worshiper.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Maurice Richlin (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jackie Gleason ... MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter
Steve McQueen ... Sgt. Eustis Clay
Tuesday Weld ... Bobby Jo Pepperdine
Tony Bill ... Pfc. Jerry Meltzer
Tom Poston ... Lt. Magee
Ed Nelson ... MP Sgt. James Priest
Lew Gallo ... Sgt. Fred Lenahan
Rockne Tarkington ... Sgt. William Booth
Paul Hartman ... Chief of Police
John Hubbard ... Battalion Major
Chris Noel ... Frances McCoy
Sam Flint ... Old Man
Lewis Charles ... Sgt. Tozzi
Adam West ... Inspecting Captain
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

They leave the peace-time army in pieces! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The camera Clay uses for the "pin-up" contest is a Polaroid Land Camera Model J66. It uses Type 47 black and white roll film and was manufactured between 1961 and 1963. Retail price was $89.50 (or about $700 in 2016). See more »

Goofs

At the shooting gallery, in between bites, Bobby Jo's cotton candy is out of frame and suddenly loses half its volume. In Bobby Jo's later encounter with Lenahan, the cotton candy disappears altogether for the remainder of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Slaughter: [Looking at himself in a full-length mirror] You know, Eustis, all men are vain in one way or another. I happen to be a secret narcissist.
Clay: Really? Well, Maxwell, I thought you was nutty about girls as anybody else.
Slaughter: [Turning and giving Sgt. Clay a curious look] "Narcissist" is a ten-letter word meaning a person who likes to admire himself...
Slaughter: [turning back to look at himself in the mirror] Let me tell you something, my friend: being a fat narcissist isn't easy.
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Connections

Referenced in Batmania from Comics to Screen (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
[Background source music as an instrumental at county fair]
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Wonderful
14 August 2000 | by laffinsalSee all my reviews

This is truly a special film. Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen give two of their most untypical performances. The film is what I would categorize as a comedy-drama, light on the comedy and heavy on the drama. Gleason is wonderfully dry and witty as Sgt. Slaughter and McQueen is also funny in his part as well. His accent is a little difficult to get used to, but it's essential to the part he plays. The standout performance here, however, is Tuesday Weld's. She plays the slightly infantile "Miss Pepperdine" who acts as a romantic angle for Gleason's character. Their scenes together are the film's highlights. Her "introduction" in the film, involving a car wreck, is most memorable. It also features some nice acting by the supporting players. A really unique film, that hasn't had much exposure, known only to those who have seen it, and treasure it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier in the Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Ord, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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