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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: Season 2 (1964)

Jim Nabors , Frank Sutton , Aaron Ruben , Christian Nyby  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, Ted Bessell, Roy Stuart
  • Directors: Aaron Ruben, Christian Nyby, Coby Ruskin, Lee Philips, Peter Baldwin
  • Writers: Aaron Ruben, Art Baer, Ben Joelson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 761 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O59A1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 30 episodes from the 1965-1966 season on 5 discs
  • Some music has been changed for this version

Editorial Reviews

Thanks (but no thanks) to Full Metal Jacket, the name of "Gomer Pyle" is associated with a demented, suicidal screw-up. That's not the Gomer (Jim Nabors) we know and love! Sure, our Gomer may be, in the mentoring words of his bellowing Sgt. Carter (Frank Sutton), a "lunkhead," "yo-yo," "knucklehead," and "meatball," who invariably "pulls some beauts." But his heart is always in the right place, as in the episode "PFC Gomer Pyle," in which the newly promoted Private First Class unwittingly cancels Carter's Hawaiian furlough thinking it is a request for a permanent transfer. Our Gomer is unfailingly honest. In "Gomer and the Phone Company," he is arrested for trying to put back ill-gotten money he received from a malfunctioning pay phone. And, our Gomer is forthright, as in "Gomer and the Beast," in which he stands up to a feared, abusive sergeant (guest star Michael Conrad) who takes his waitress girlfriend for granted.

Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show, was one of the "surprise, surprise, surprise" hits of its day. In this second season (its first in color), it ranked second to Bonanza in the Nielsen ratings. That Nabors and Sutton were never even nominated for Emmys is a TV Land injustice. Nabors, especially, finds new music in what could have been a one-note bumpkin character (he even demonstrates his unexpected baritone singing voice in "Arrivederci, Gomer"). Providing expert support are Ted Bessell (That Girl) and Ronnie Schell (who demonstrates his standup comedy chops in "Duke Slater, Nightclub Comic") as Gomer's Marine buddies. Look sharp for two future M*A*S*H stars, Jamie Farr in "Gomer Pyle, P.O.W." and, in a couple of episodes, William Christopher. Making welcome visits from Mayberry are George Lindsay in the mistaken-identity episode, "A Visit from Cousin Goober," and Ron Howard in "Opie Joins the Marines," in which Carter bonds with the runaway Opie and, movingly, hints at a less than nurturing relationship with his own father. "The world has changed a lot since I was a kid," he remarks when Andy (Andy Griffith) arrives to retrieve his son, and puts a reassuring arm around the boy's shoulder. Television has changed, too, in the more than 40 years since these still funny episodes were first broadcast. Prime time could use another Gomer, with his boundless optimism, unwavering character and try, try again attitude. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

All 30 episodes from season two (the series's first in color)--including "PFC Gomer Pyle,""Gomer Untrains a Dog,""Gomer Pyle, POW,""A Star Is Born," and "Gomer, The Would-Be Hero"--are collected in a five-disc set. 12 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **30 episodes on 5 discs. 12 2/3 hrs.**

Customer Reviews

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sutton Impact July 1, 2007
Frank Sutton does it again...he upstages Jim Nabors at almost every turn! His hilarious facial expressions are reminiscent of Jackie Gleason's wide-eyed portrayal of "The Honeymooners"' Ralph Kramden. I watched the Oscar-winning 1955 film "Marty" recently, where Frank Sutton played one of Ernest Borgnine's buddies...Sutton looks exactly like he would on "Gomer Pyle USMC" - he didn't seem to age at all in the ten years between "Marty" and "Gomer" - watch 'em and see for yourself! He's great!

This second season of ol' Gome was the first to be in color - and, unlike the first color episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show," these Gomer shows are still as fresh and funny as the first season. And there are guest stars a-plenty: Jamie Farr, William Christopher, Ronny Howard, Andy Griffith, George "Goober" Lindsey, Ted Knight, Susan Oliver, Joyce Jameson, Jerome Cowan, Gigi Perreau, Michael Conrad, Tige Andrews, Brendon Boone, Dabbs Greer, Jackie Joseph and Jack "Jimmy Olsen" Larsen.

Also, many regular actors who guested on "The Andy Griffith Show" make appearances, like Parley Baer, Enid Markey, Maudie Prickett and Maggie "Charlene Darling" Petersen.

Roy Stuart makes his first appearance as Corporal Boyle, Allan Melvin debuts as Sergeant Hacker and, best of all, Barbara Stuart finally portrays Vince Carter's girlfriend, Bunny Wilson (wait'll you see her in those tight slacks! Hubba Hubba!).

The reason I gave this set four stars is ONLY because it doesn't have ANY special features as the first set did....NONE....but the stories, acting, color, crispness and direction are definitely five star-worthy. You'll have fun!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars MISREPRESENTATION by CBS video December 9, 2007
I was happy to shell out 30 hard earned dollers to buy this set only to be disappointed by the editing of the original shows. Whole scenes where Jim Nabors sings are cut and much of the background music has ben changed. When you buy a set issued by the original studio you expect it to contain the original content. I'll never purchase another CBS release.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changes not bad so far... June 27, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was angered to read the small print on the box that advises that some music has been changed and episodes may be edited. Yikes. I suspected that the music changes would occur in restaurants, etc. when they have dance music going in the background. So far I am right. I hate they changed it, but the music isn't too bad. On the other hand, haven't seen any edits yet. Hope there aren't any. Why would a company go to all the trouble to remaster edited versions (and the episodes look fantastic by the way). Would have given 5 stars but because the b.g. live action music was changed, had to knock off a star. I'll post again if I spot any missing footage.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal October 7, 2008
By Sammy B
Don't get me wrong -- Gomer is a 5-star TV show, but Paramount's infuriating censorship of these episodes cuts some of the very best moments, such as Gomer singing to the dog Killer [a.k.a. Lemley Gilbert], a scene that is still extant in prints out there, still appearing just a couple of years ago on TV Land. The senseless cuts really do take their toll and make this set less enjoyable to watch than the first season collection, which was much better than this set. SHAME on Paramount for their senseless editing of a classic show. There is NO EXCUSE for this.
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Camp Henderson hijinxs April 29, 2007
Season 2
Episode 1: PFC Gomer Pyle---Original Air Date: 17 September 1965
Episode 2: Third Finger, Left Loaf---Original Air Date: 24 September 1965
Episode 3: The Blind Date---Original Air Date: 1 October 1965

Episode 4: Home on the Range---Original Air Date: 8 October 1965
Episode 5: Gomer Un-Trains a Dog---Original Air Date: 15 October 1965
Episode 6: Supply Sergeants Never Die---Original Air Date: 22 October 1965

Episode 7: Cat Overboard---Original Air Date: 29 October 1965
Episode 8: Gomer Captures a Submarine---Original Air Date: 5 November 1965
Episode 9: The Grudge Match---Original Air Date: 12 November 1965

Episode 10: Gomer, the Star Witness---Original Air Date: 19 November 1965
Episode 11: A Visit from Cousin Goober---Original Air Date: 26 November 1965
Episode 12: A Groom for Sergeant Carter's Sister---Original Air Date: 3 December 1965

Episode 13: Gomer Minds His Sergeant's Car---Original Air Date: 10 December 1965
Episode 14: Gomer, the Peacekeeper---Original Air Date: 17 December 1965
Episode 15: Gomer Pyle, P.O.W.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, REAL comedy April 8, 2009
By Anthony
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The packaging on season two of the Gomer Pyle series was changed by CBS from a boxed set format of five discs in individual slim cases used for season one, to one regular size DVD case which can hold all five discs. This is much better as it allows for easier storage. As for the editing of the shows as mentioned in other reviews, I haven't seen anything yet that would constitute a harsh problem other than the songs Jim Nabors sang in some of the episodes being removed. Since the program is not a musical variety show, but rather a situation comedy, I see no real reason to get upset over this editing, unless you're a diehard fan of Jim Nabors' vocals and want a video performance of a particular tune. Otherwise, this is classic TV comedy from the 60s. REAL comedy before the sarcasm and ignorance of today's TV became the norm. Nabors and Frank Sutton should be ranked in history along side the likes of Abbott and Costello, Laural and Hardy, and Martin and Lewis as one of the greatest comedy duos of all time. Anyone who can't laugh at any one of these hilarious episodes has absolutely NO concept of humor whatsoever. Truly funny and forever classic, that's Gomer Pyle, USMC.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I got the full series - 5 years. The first 2 seasons were great, but as they went went down hill. Read more
Published 3 months ago by coffeebreak
5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean comedy!
Great entertainment! Always enjoyed watching this show. Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton were great together.
Sometimes I thought Sgt. Carter was a little funnier.
Published 10 months ago by William L Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The laughs continue at Camp Henderson!
Jim Nabors returns as Gomer Pyle for yet another season of hijinks & hilarity. Gomer moves up in rank this season, so it's up to Sgt. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Hugaert
5.0 out of 5 stars Shizam! Gomer Pyle Season 2
Wow, this is a great show and the first of the four seasons to be in color. These episodes are really good, and this season and Season 3 are probably my favorites, even though... Read more
Published 18 months ago by I Weston T
5.0 out of 5 stars Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Second Season (Purchased on 12/04/2011)
Movies Arrived well on time when they were supposed to: we were Well Satisfied and well pleased with the service Amazon Gave Us. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Gomer hits his Stride!
Enjoying this, the second season of Gomer Pyle. The first thing we noticed was that it was in color (we're quick that way). Also, Gomer is now deemed competent enough that Sgt. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Samuel B. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast
The videos came really quickly and my son loves to watch this with his dad, he enjoys watching something his father loved as a boy.
Published on August 22, 2011 by P. Beasley
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy!
Season 2 brings more of the same antics and problems seen in season 1, only this time, Gomer (Jim Nabors) and company are in a California Marine base. Read more
Published on June 2, 2011 by Joanna Mechlinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. The second season
Recieved Gomer Pyle, second season when stated and in the condition as stated (brand new). We will order more on Amazon! Thanks!!!
Published on March 6, 2011 by colee
5.0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH FUN!
Bought this as a gift for my TV loving husband. We haven't laughed so much at a TV program in years!
They don't make TV like this anymore!
Published on February 10, 2011 by Molly's Memere
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