Soldier in the Rain
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His own soda pop machine. Air conditioning. The finest cotton underwear. Someone else doing the work. That's M/Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter's (Jackie Gleason) game - and man, can he play it. Just ask Supply Sgt. Eustis Clay (Steve McQueen), who idolizes the big, shrewd, supremely self-confident older man. Maybe someday they can go into business together. In the meantime, how about a hot double date? So Clay fixes Slaughter up with a teenybopper named Bobby Jo (Tuesday Weld), a move that sets off a chain reaction of laughs and drama. Gleason and McQueen make a surprisingly engaging comedy team in this overlooked gem (co-scripted by Blake Edwards, who at this time was also embarking on The Pink Panther movie series) that showcases both stars' unique talents.
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Supply Sgt. Eustis Clay is played by a very different Steve McQueen. The cool McQueen is there as is a sort of awkward McQueen. McQueen plays Clay with an odd accent and for a while it's hard to determine if Clay is just an poorly educated country boy or if there is something deeper going on. Clay idolizes his superior Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter played by the ever unique Jackie Gleason. Clay will do anything to make Slaughter happy and here is the basis of an odd relationship.
What a cast to praise. A lovely young Tuesday Weld is Bobby Jo Pepperdine. Tony Bill has a great quirky role as one of Clay's pals. Add in a young Tom Poston and we have a great cast. Blake Edwards was at the beginning of his career and cowrote this play.
Stay with the movie to appreciate its beauty. It has a slow and silly start. Eustis Clay is an awkward soldier and probably not anyone's first choice for defending the nation yet he has a subtle charm. The subtle beauty of this film is the obvious never takes place. Tuesday Weld's Bobby Jo gets set up with Sgt, Slaughter rather than the more appropriate in age Sgt. Clay. It's an awkward relationship as Bobby Jo uses unkind size-related remarks towards Slaughter but Slaughter begins to shine as the one decent and caring older man Bobby Jo has meant. They both begin go respect each other. A beautiful story develops.
Unfortunately, as things begin to fall into place and we want to see relationships develop further, the movie ends. SOLDIER IN THE RAIN is one of McQueen's forgotten gems but it should not be overlooked. It's too bad the film has not be widely released on DVD by the studio and is only a DVD on demand from Amazon. There are no extras and no change for insight into the movie. Still, we have the chance to see this charming film and it should not be missed.
The supply officer introduces his much older sergeant friend to a teen-aged beauty (Tuesday Weld, who will knock you off your couch), and they hit it off, against all odds. Nonetheless things don't look up in the story. The supply officer has been waiting a long time to be discharged and return home to be reunited with a special individual, but trouble rears its head. I won't detail anything else about the plot from here, but I will suggest that you see this movie. Several critics have attacked its blend of comedy and drama, but so what? Variety is good. Oh, this film didn't succeed when released, but that's only because of the timing. Shortly after John Kennedy was shot was when it premiered!
While Gleason was thought of as a comedian, he was an equally adept dramatic actor, which you'll see here. McQueen has a rep as an action star, but in this movie he plays the dim-witted hillbilly soldier to perfection. There are many funny scenes here, and several dramatic scenes that will touch you.