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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Complete Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.



“Golly!”  The United States Marines will never be the same.
 
Jim Nabors stars as the lovable, innocent goof, former filling station attendant and mechanic, Gomer Pyle in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.


Longtime Andy Griffith show fans remember Gomer as the local yokel that became so popular that the actor that played him, Jim Nabors, was offered his own spin-off TV series.

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. ran for five seasons on CBS 50 years ago!


The premise of the story was simple but brilliant. Gomer joins the Marine Corps.  While there he meets and infuriates his sergeant Vince Carter.  Along the way Gomer manages to get in some of the most precarious and ridiculous situations often involving his Sergeant.


Coincidentally, Andy Griffith, who Jim Nabors guest starred on his show, got his start in Show Business when he starred in the stage and film versions of ‘No Time For Sergeants’, where he played a very similar character as Gomer in a nearly identical situation.


Although Gomer’s Sergeant appeared rough and gruff you could sense that he had a soft spot in his heart for Gomer-although he would never admit as much.  Eventually they became friends-of a sort.


Follow Gomer as he turns the U.S. Marine Corps upside down and tests the nerves and mettle of his Sergeant, the top brass and his fellow marines. It’s classic comedy at its best.  “SHAZAM!”


The CBS/Paramount DVD collection also includes some Special Features including commentaries by Jim Nabors and Ronnie Schell, a very special Lucy clip, Jim Nabors on The David Frost Show and as an extra added bonus a whole hour with Jim Nabors.  There’s even the Pilot Episode.