I can't imagine a tougher assignment for an actor than Sutton's basic responsibility in Gomer Pyle, U. Gomer annoys Sergeant Carter by telling him how much he likes him and asking if the feeling is reciprocated. And when Gomer Pyle, U. When Sergeant Carter's troops want to see his secret admirer in person, Gomer sends Sergeant Carter a. Sergeant Whipple messes up Sergeant Carter's barracks, causing Sergeant Carter to get reprimanded.
Certainly The Andy Griffith Show was well-liked by the critics during its original broadcast run, but they didn't think it was the masterpiece that everybody considers it now. Of course, you can't have such a sweet character like Gomer in a show without a counterbalance, and Gomer Pyle, U. You can already see the progression the series would take here in the first season, when Carter, despite his hatred for Pyle's disorganization, comes to realize that Pyle is a hard worker and a good soul. Otherwise, the character becomes a cartoon; we never really believe in him as a whole person. He's totally in the moment and the character, just like Nabors. Most alarming is watching Frank Sutton breathing so heavily during the skit; it's not surprising when you hear Schell, in his previous commentary, recount how Sutton smoked 18 Brazillian cigars a day. He is transferred to Camp Henderson in California and is surprised that his entire platoon has been transferred with him.
The series was a of , and the was introduced in an episode which aired on May 19, 1964. Something about the over-enthusiastic, slow-on-the-uptake Gomer going through the slapstick motions of Marine basic training, rubbed the urban, elitist critics the wrong way, provoking a disdain for the show and the character that quickly made even the mere mention of the series's name a punchline for comedians and talk show hosts who wanted a cheap laugh. Still, these look very good, and won't disappoint the fans. Though military-themed, the show never discussed the and instead focused on the relationship between Gomer and Sergeant Carter. You have to hand it to Jim Nabors; he is funny as Gomer Pyle. First and foremost, it accomplishes what it sets out to do: it's funny.
To retaliate, Gomer sneaks Ralph into Sergeant Whipple's barracks. Carter orders him to take a furlough, Gomer becomes a civilian employee at the base. It's a quick, but interesting look at Nabors relaxing outside of his Gomer Pyle persona. He's one of the few who owns a dress-blue uniform. The series is episodic in format; self-contained plots play out before the episode concludes.
Gomer has difficulty with the obstacle course, so he practices at night to please Sergeant Carter. Nabors is quite adept at making Gomer a believable human being, with faults and a range of emotions that result in quite an endearing, likeable character. It's essential viewing to see the transition from Mayberry to the Marines. Nabors may state in one of the episodes' commentaries that's he not a great actor he had never acted before taking on the role for Griffith , but perhaps what he meant was that he's not a well-rounded actor. It's really a cool feature, and gives the discs a personal touch, which I'm sure is what Nabors wanted. As well, Nabors offers an interesting audio commentary for this pilot episode.
Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton are an inspired comedy team, and their antics in the Gomer Pyle, U. That fall, Gomer Pyle, U. Nabors has lots of stories to tell about the show, as well as emphasizing his well-known affection and respect for the Marine Corps. The Audio: The Dolby Digital English mono soundtracks are strong, and accurately represent the original audio presentations. Carter that his sister's fiance is a good person, despite Sgt.
It features one of that show's most popular reoccurring characters, supported by most of the creative talent that went into making The Andy Griffith Show a pop culture phenomenon. The public was well aware of what was going on in Vietnam; they saw it every night on their national news. That may seem simplistic, but creating a comedy show that gets laughs over forty years later is a quite an accomplishment, and it's nothing to be taken lightly I suggest you watch an episode of Hazel - if you can make it all the way through -- to see the other side of that argument. Nabors also provides an audio commentary for the premiere episode of Gomer Pyle, U. Rubin had worked as a writer for the classic military service comedy, The Phil Silvers Show, as well as being a producer, writer and story consultant for the enormously popular The Andy Griffith Show. Gomer's mannerisms exasperate his , Sergeant Carter, so Andy convinces him that Gomer is related to Marine General Lucius Pyle. When Sergeant Carter and Colonel Gray appear at the airport, Duke and Gomer stowaway in Patty's plane.
Yes, it was a fantasy version of Marine life, but in its own way, justified, since Gomer never actually went off to war a justification that Hogan's Heroes, can't so easily claim. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is an created by that originally aired on from September 25, 1964 to May 2, 1969. Allen February 19, 1965 1965-02-19 7122 Gomer and Carter take the exam for the officer's training program. Many critics disparagingly pointed out the show's unwillingness to deal with the war, but honestly, what were the producers of the show supposed to do - turn Gomer Pyle, U. Viewed today, the first season of Gomer Pyle, U. The disc producers have also included the rare black-and-white sales promotion pitch bumpers for the pilot, performed by Nabors. But he manages to bring subtleties to the role, as well; all one has to do is watch his alert, bright eyes to see that this is a great actor listening, watching, and reacting to Nabors.
Again, if that was all Sutton did, he'd be a cartoon, as well. Fans, of course, will buy this, but I'm highly recommending the Gomer Pyle, U. After all, there's not much you can do with Pyle and Carter when they've spent five years in training, with Carter yelling at Pyle for his umpteenth foul-up. Carter's desperate attempts to stop Gomer from trying. Having co-starred on The Andy Griffith Show for only a year and a half, it was quite a coup for the multi-talented Nabors to be given his own starring vehicle. Sergeant Carter tries to get rid of the skunk twice, but both times it returns. If you have any questions you may email me at:.