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In this episode, Gomer is given his regulation "jarhead" haircut and then he off to boot camp, where he immediately antagonizes his drill instructor, Sergeant Carter, with his lighthearted manner. Gomer then repeatedly fails to master the obstacle course, and Carter is furious to realize that the goofy new recruit may prevent him from having an honor platoon for the fourth year running. Unfazed, Gomer writes letters home describing the fun he is having at boot camp, and when Carter summons him and orders him to "shape up," Gomer declares that he has grown to like his humorless drill instructor in their "little bitty time" together so far.

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In the opening scene of the pilot episode of Gomer Pyle, U. To capture the scene, there was no faking it. Once you started buzzing, that was it. So Gomer Pyle, U. In fact, he brought his own barber down to the set to do the job.

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That's how much it meant to him to start his new series off right. And because everybody was so excited about the pilot episode of this funny new show, the whole crew came down to watch the pilot get filmed, including series composer Earle Hagen, who did the theme music as well as other music you hear in various restaurant and bustling physical scenes throughout the show. Because he happened to be there that day, Hagen told the Archive of American Television how tough it was to get that particular shot. He said he watched them struggle to set up the scene with Ruben's barber.

Hagen remembered: "The pilot was hysterical. We went down to see the shooting of the pilot, and it was really funny, because they have to give Jim the Marines haircut.

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And that took about an hour and a half to set up, because Aaron [Ruben] brought his own barber down. Hagen said that after a while, Ruben conceded that something was off and he sent his barber home. Then he considered his options: What else could he do?

He called in the actual Marines, or at least, a barber who actually did buzzcuts for Marines every day. According to Hagen, "They finally got a Marine barber down who zipped Jim in about eight seconds.

It was really funny. I thought Jim was gonna faint.

Instead of fainting, though, at the end of the haircut, in the scene Nabors turned around to look in the mirror, and then he said to the barber, "Well, it ain't exactly like Floyd the barber back home woulda done it, but after all, it's just your first time. On the show, the line gets a laugh, as all of Gomer's good-natured goofs always do, but in reality, now you know that the TV soldier was getting his hair cut by a thoroughly experienced Marine barber.

And thanks to Ruben's tireless dedication to perfection, that experience shows in every hair on his star's head. Welcome to MeTV! Find your local MeTV station. Where to watch. See when your favorite shows are on. See schedule. Personalize MeTV.


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a file: Or drag a file here to. Newest Oldest Top Comments. ChasM57 31 months ago. A Marine is not a soldier. A Marine is a Marine!

Gomer overcomes the obstacle course

Like 1 Reply Delete. Reply to username. RobertRadley 31 months ago. Recruits East of the Mississippi river are sent there.

Like Reply Delete. MrsPhilHarris RobertRadley 31 months ago.

Originally it was set in North Carolina but in the second season the moved it to California so the could use the scenery ie palm trees, the beaches, etc. Pacificsun RobertRadley 31 months ago. The Show was filmed outdoors at Camp Pendleton Calif.

The Show received full cooperation when filming at Pendleton. And the Show references nearby cities occasionally when Gomer travels outside the Base. EdCaf RobertRadley 31 months ago. When he first went to boot camp, he did go to S.

Carolina, Andy drove him. Boot camp isn't very long so they couldn't do multiple seasons on that so his new duty station was in San Diego Carter, went with him AlanRamsey EdCaf 10 months ago.

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They worked that out in the first season, as Sgt. Carter was stressed with Pyle to the point of his seeing the base psychiatrist. The psychatrist diagnosed that Pyle reflected the innocent non-Marine Vince Carter, and it was his recommendation that Carter go back to running a "real" platoon of Marines for awhile.

Of course, both men were sent to Camp Pendleton and reunited. I don't think this story can be categorized as a hair raising experience!

Then again, it did get a little "hairy" when Aaron Ruben found himself in a quandary over just how to get Jim's haircut right! Just this episode. Text message .