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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Third Season



DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007 (CBS DVD)
MSRP: $42.99
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: 12 hours, 34 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-captioned
Special Features: None


Well gollllllly! Gomer Pyle is back for more of his fun and games! The Third Season brings the 1966-1967 episodes of the series to DVD in a five disc DVD set. We see Gomer get into even more of his antics and we get to watch him drive Sgt. Carter nuts, 30 more times!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season begins with the episode “Lies, Lies, Lies,” where Gomer meets an actress (played by Deborah Walley) that invites him and his friends to her house... now if only his friends could believe that! Gomer may ahve bought a watch from a crook in “Caution: Low Overhead.” Gomer is accused of making a woman’s husband an alcoholic in “Show Me the Way to Go Home.”

Gomer has a car wreck... in Sgt. Carter’s car... in “Borrowed Car.” It is up to Gomer to become the next all-star chef in “Gomer Pyle, Super Chef.” Gomer and Sgt. Carter are kidnapped in “Follow That Car,” but who will suffer more, Gomer or the kidnappers?

Sgt. Carter’s girlfriend may not be so faithful in “It Takes Two to Tangle.” Gomer is a weather predicting genius in “Whither the Weather.” The Marines are getting a new recruit that is a bank robber thanks to Gomer in “Gomer the Recruiter.” Sgt. Carter thinks he knows where Gomer is spending his weekends... at the beach... in “The Secret Life of Gomer Pyle.”

Gomer and Sgt. Carter have a minor car accident, but may sue big time if two ambulance chasing lawyers have their way in “Sue the Pants Off ‘Em.” Gomer has to decide whether or not to re-enlist in the Marines in “To Re-Enlist or Not To Re-Enlist,” but Sgt. Carter knows what he wants too. Gomer has a new way of approaching Sgt. Carter in “Gomer, the Welsh Rarebit Fiend.” Gomer may just become a nightclub singer in “Sing a Song of Papa.”


We have the standard CBS DVD packaging... the Amaray style case. The cover art has Gomer and Sgt. Carter on the front of it. And inside we have five discs with generic artwork. There is a listing of the episodes, along with descriptions and original airdates inside the case. Each disc contains six episodes.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are very dull... like almost every CBS DVD set. You get a main menu that lists all of the episodes and a Play All option on what appears to be a clipboard. No music or anything like that on the menu. Yawn. There are chapters within the episodes at all of the appropriate places at least.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality is basically pretty good, although there is the usual grain that one would anticipate from a series this old and the audio can be a bit low at times. It is nothing too severe. The episodes are all presented in mono and are closed captioned. As far as the episodes, there is definitely some music missing from some episodes (this is indicated on the packaging), though it is hard to tell the full extent. Most episodes run at over 25 minutes, but some are shorter, with the shortest one running under 24 minutes. The title of that episode is “Lou-Ann Poovie Sings Again,” which suggests that there would be music in the episode. Runtimes are as follows:

Disc 1:
Lies, Lies, Lies (25:05)
Crazy Legs Gomer (25:32)
Gomer, the Carrier (25:26)
Caution: Low Overhead (25:19)
Show Me the Way to Go Home (25:23)
How to Succeed in Farming Without Really Trying (25:42)

Disc 2:
Gomer and the Little Men from Outer Space (25:34)
The Borrowed Car (25:45)
Gomer Pyle, Super Chef (24:53)
Marry Me, Marry Me (25:19)
Cold Nose, Warm Heart (25:32)
Follow That Car (25:07)

Disc 3:
It Takes Two to Tangle (24:54)
Wither the Weather (24:48)
Love’s Old Sweet Song (25:19)
Gomer, the Recruiter (25:29)
The Secret Life of Gomer Pyle (25:34)
Go Blow Your Horn (24:49)

Disc 4:
You Bet Your Won Ton (25:20)
Sue the Pants Off ‘Em (25:03)
Gomer, the Card Shark (25:13)
To Re-Enlist or Not to Re-Enlist (24:00)
Lou-Ann Poovie Sings Again (23:43)
Gomer, The Welsh Rarebit Fiend (25:33)

Disc 5:
Sing a Song of Papa (25:40)
Where There’s a Will (25:06)
Lost, the Colonel’s Daughter (24:57)
The Crow Ganef (25:31)
One of Our Shells is Missing (24:39)
Lou-Ann Poovie Sings No More (24:26)

Special Features:

Not a single one. Certainly there has to be some outtakes or something of that nature available out there, so why can’t these be included on the DVD set? Why not even have Jim Nabors contribute to these DVDs?

Final Comments:

The DVD sets offers great episodes of a great show, and that is the most important thing about any DVD set. Of course, it is a little disappointing that there are no special features and that the presentation of the set is dull and boring (as are most CBS DVD releases), but at least the set performs the essential functions of a DVD set. The only thing I’m left wondering about is whether or not it was truly necessary to remove whatever music was removed from the episodes... somehow I have a feeling CBS DVD didn’t even look into getting the rights for the music. Well, shazam, it is basicaly a pretty darn good set.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 12/01/07

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