THE D.I.—-was directed and produced by Jack Webb in 1957. He also emphatically stars, as a tough Marine drill sergeant at Parris Island. He whips puffball recruits into shape and makes time with the dames like there’s no tomorrow. And so forth. For a while, this drama holds the interest, but eventually Webb’s constant bellowing will turn you off. Not a huge sympathy factor locked & loaded there, Sarge.
The drilling sequences have some effect (compare it with Full Metal Jacket), and the camerawork from Edward Colman is sharp, but it’s a movie with limited audience appeal.
Co-starring Don Dubbins, Jackie Loughery, (that would be ‘Mrs.Jack Webb’ at the time), Lin McCarthy and Monica Lewis. Efficient enough at 106 minutes, the little, Corps-pleasing film actually pulled in around $2,500,000, a decent haul in its day, 35th place for the year.