16 sweet behind-the-scenes pictures from 'Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.'

Howdy, Nabors!

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Shazam! Working on the hilarious Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. wasn't all fun and games. It did take place on a military base, after all. Star Jim Nabors had to sometimes stomp through marches and climb obstacle courses, too.

But overall, the sitcom looked like a grand ol' time. Old friends from Mayberry stopped by from time to time, as well as some other celebrity pals.

Let's take a peek behind the scenes at some candid, often kooky photos of the cast at work — and play.

A dear in headlights

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Jim Nabors relaxes on the bumper of a truck.


Candid camera

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Nabors takes a needed breather on location. Note the parking lot in the background.


A visit from old friends

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…well, young old friends. Ron Howard hops aboard for the season two episode "Opie Joins the Marines."


Tied together

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Co-stars Nabors and Frank Sutton buddy up on the set of The Jim Nabors Hour in 1969.

A-Caroling we go

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In September 1967, Nabors appeared on the first episode of The Carol Burnett Show. That same month, Burnett returned the favor as a guest star on Gomer in the episode "Corporal Carol."


Race to the top

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Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. ranked in the top three of TV's highest rated shows in four of its five seasons.


At ease

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You wouldn't get away with this in the real Marines.

Gomer and the hippies

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"Flower Power" poked fun at the hippie movement. Note guest star Rob Reiner on the far right!


Learning the ropes

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Climbing a cargo net is no breeze, whether you're acting or not.


Where it all began

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Here's a quick flashback to Nabors and Don Knotts on the set of The Andy Griffith Show.

A little help from mom

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Nabors' mother, Mavis, fixes his tie back home in Alabama.


Tucked in

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Guest stars Myrna Ross, Dianne Stanley, Conni Faires and Le Ann Brightwell horse around with Nabors.


An Alabama boy

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Nabors poses in front of a church in his hometown of Sylacauga, Alabama.

Reading break

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Nabors kicks back with a copy of King Cohn, a biography of Columbia Studios head Harry Cohn.


It's for you

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Nabors takes the telephone from his sister, Ruth Collins, back home in Alabama.


A promotion at last

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Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones pins the lance corporal insignia on the lapel of Jim Nabors in a ceremony on August 9, 2001. After 37 years as a private first class, Gomer Pyle finally got a promotion. The ceremony was held at Camp Smith, Hawaii, headquarters of the Pacific Marine Corps.


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Tink1 3 days ago
Oh wow! Love these old pictures of him. I love watching the show and always wondered why Sgt Carter's character was always yelling! It made watching the show so annoying though lol!
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/wFHh0Rs34v0
Here are The Smothers Brothers Tom and Dick Smothers singing the song
They Call The Wind Maria.
I would like to DEDICATE
They Call The Wind Maria
To MORIYAH the Number
One Gomer Pyle USMC
Fan in THE ENTIRE WORLD!
From Eddie Cantor Fan
And I AM The NUMBER ONE
FAN OF HAPPY DAYS!!!!!!
Good Job Tom and Dick Smothers .
Hudson1984 1 month ago
HELLO !
I'm The Kid On The Block and I just arrived in town today !
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/iGKnDSEeloQ
All of the Intros to The
Adventures Of Superman.
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/p0swAKS-5qA
Superman Rescues Lois
Lane Jimmy Olson and
Perry White from danger.
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/SVPIRTqd1g0
The Ballad of Gilligan's Island all intros.
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/PTF1Vx7UeII
One of the Best Theme
Songs of All Time:
Gomer Pyle USMC Theme!
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/chHWwfzDEXg
Moose Barry Greenberg
dancing with girl (Carey Williams) in Arnold's Drive In from the season one episode of Happy Days called Guess Who's Coming To Visit?
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/LYlIB2iI7k0
Professor Fonzarelli talks to Eugene Belvin (Denis Mandel).
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/FRyzM-nb_hg
The Dragon Lady episode of GP USMC with Barbara
Stuart as Hannah Troy AKA
The DRAGON LADY.
Barbara Stuart later played
BUNNY on this show.
Bunny had 3 different
Last Names:
Harper,Olsen and Wilson.
Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C- S01E08/ S03E24
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Active MeTV Series. Hopefully MeTV doesn't have issues with full episodes being posted on their website.
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/6F_nyptM_ZI
The Best of BAG from season one of Happy Days.
Bag:Neil J Schwartz.
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/iq9ASTlzjdE
The Adventures of OZZIE and Harriet episode called
A Message From Kris with
Kris Nelson and Wally Plumstead (Skip Young).
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/eZjOk3TNZDM
The Adventures of OZZIE and Harriet episode called
A Rose A Day.
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/E2TL8Oq4XmQ
Cpl Chuck Boyle (Roy Stuart) defends Gomer Pyle
(Jim Nabors) who is sleepwalking and yelling at
Sgt Carter Frank Sutton.
The episode of Gomer Pyle USMC is called Gomer The Welsh Rarebit Fiend.
Lucy Landeau plays the
waitress and Mr Schsump
From The Andy Griffith Show is eating in the
restaurant.
By the way :
Who played Mr Schwamp
On The Andy Griffith Show?
Actress Lucy Landeau resembles actress Charlotte Rae (Mrs Garrett)
From The Facts From Life.
Actors Who are Lookalike
Ned Glass &Herbie Faye
Bruce Gordon &Anthony
Caruso
Neil J Schwartz (BAG) and
actor Barry Diamond
Pat Woodall and Lori Saunders (Bobbi Jo from
Petticoat Junction
Any Other Lookalike Actors
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
https://youtu.be/GeF3hew6McY
A New Dance Craze by
Leather Tuscedero called
Do The Chuck Cunningham
OOPS Do The Fonzie!!
Leather appeared on Sock
Hop with host Skip Oliver.
Freddie And The Red Hots stole Leathers song earlier
In this Happy Days episode
Called Stolen Melodies.
At the end of the Happy Days clip Do The Fonzie
the woman with blonde
hair in the Final Scene
Before Fade Out looks like
actress 🍬 Candy Moore who played Chris Carmichael on The Lucy Show .
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
When are Eugene Belvin and
Jenny Piccalo and Bag and the
Demons and Moose and Chuck Cunningham and his basketball
And Melvin Belvin and KC Cunningham and Spike and
Officer Kirk RETURN TO
METV?
Moriyah 1 month ago
I've actually seen this 3 years ago! However, it was pretty fun looking at all of these again now! Thank you MeTV for re-posting this! Next time, can you post something that is actually new? Because this has actually been on here since 2019. But I do like it, though
KJExpress Moriyah 1 month ago
But lots of new folks have joined the club since then and might not have seen this before, including myself. So reruns do have their value sometimes. 🙂
Moriyah KJExpress 1 month ago
That is true
eddiecantorfan 1 month ago
METV Viewers:
On Gomer Pyle USMC who is your favorite Corporal on Gomer Pyle USMC:
The choices for Corporal :
Cpl Nick Cuccinelli (Tommy Leonetti)
Cpl Boyle (Roy Stuart)
Cpl Duke Slate(Ronnie Schell)
One Episode ONLY for these
Corporals:
Cpl Boyle : Richard Sinatra
Cpl McCabe:Richard Sinatra
Cpl Tommy:Jack Larson
The Very First Corporal on Gomer Pyle USMC :
Cpl Johnson:Jerry Dexter
This Cpl worked with Sgt.Hacker:
Cpl Ron Jenson : Victor Brandt
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I also like Cpl Boyle (Roy Stuart)
Cpl Nick Cuccinelli (Tommy
Leonetti ) and Cpl Duke Slater
Played by Ronnie Schell
Chuck Boyle was played by
Roy Stuart who appeared on
Mr Ed Sanford &Son Love
American Style and other TV
Shows and 300 TV Commercials.
I also like Lou Ann Poovie on
GOMER Pyle USMC and
Dawn Wells Mary Ann Summers and Russell Johnson as Professor Roy Hinkley on
Gilligan's Island.
BAG (Neil J Schwartz) on Happy Days and WALLY PLUMSTEAD
(Skip Young) were two of the
BEST PRACTICAL JOKERS OF
ALL TIME.
Bag liked to play practical jokes on Richie Potsie and Ralph and Wally Plumstead liked to play practical jokes on Rick and David Nelson

On You Tube there is a Best Of
Bag Zombroski from season one of Happy Days and Joanne
Madden and her column on the
Internet has written articles on
Skip Young and Neil J Schwartz.
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