Black SplatGomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series 1964-69)

"I can’t HEAR you!"

Gomer Pyle, USMC - Sgt Carter and Private Pyle

Description: The abusive catchphrase of U.S. Marine Sergeant Vince Carter (Frank Sutton) on the military situation comedy GOMER PYLE: USMC/CBS/1964-69.

Whenever Sergeant Carter wants to make a point with the Marines under his command, he makes his Second Platoon B Company squad members repeat the acknowledgment of his orders by shouting out, “I can’t HEAR you!”

On occasion, Sgt. Carter singled out one Marine and shouted the phrase directly in the recruit’s ear—usually Private Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors).

Private Pyle, a naive country boy from Mayberry, North Carolina offered his own catchphrases that included: "Shazam!" "Shame, shame, shame!" "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!" and "Golly!"

Sgt. Carter: Pyle. My old grandmother could do better than that.
Gomer Pyle: Well, bless her heart.
Sgt. Carter: I don't get it Pyle, how come you can knock that Phillips flat yet you can't handle that little Lombardi guy?
Pvt. Pyle: Well sir, you see the big feller needed a lesson, the little feller didn't.
Gomer Pyle: USMC - Sgt. Carter and Private Gomer Pyle
Sgt. Carter: Did you see that, Pyle? Did you see how close I came to being sent to a Federal penitentiary?
Pvt. Gomer: Federal penitentiary? I'm sure they wouldn't send you to a penitentiary just for having a little boy in your platoon area.
Sgt. Carter: Not for that, for murder. I skipped the part about how I killed you first.
Gomer Pyle: USMC - Sgt. Carter and Private Pyle

NOTE: The name "Private Pyle" is referenced in the movie "Full Metal Jacket" (1987)

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