Francis in the Navy
|Francis in the Navy|
Theatrical release lobby title card
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||Stanley Rubin|
|Written by||Devery Freeman
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||80 min.|
Francis in the Navy is a 1955 Universal Pictures black-and-white comedy film produced by Stanley Rubin and directed by Arthur Lubin. The film stars Donald O'Connor, Martha Hyer, and marked the first credited film role of Clint Eastwood. The distinctive voice of Francis is a voice-over by actor Chill Wills.
In this sixth film in Universal's Francis the Talking Mule series U.S. Army officer Lt. Peter Sterling gets mistaken for his lookalike in the U.S. Navy, Bosun's Mate 'Slicker' Donevan. With old pal Francis, Sterling continues his misadventures, this time in the Navy.
- Donald O'Connor as Peter Stirling/Bosun's Mate 'Slicker' Donevan
- Martha Hyer as Betsy Donevan
- Richard Erdman as Murph
- Jim Backus as Commander E.T. Hutch
- Clint Eastwood as Jonesy
- David Janssen as Lieutenant Anders
- Leigh Snowden as Nurse Appleby
- Martin Milner as W.T. 'Rick' Rickson
- Paul Burke as Tate
- Myrna Hansen as Helen
- Phil Garris as Tony Stover
Francis film series
- Francis aka Francis the Talking Mule (1950)
- Francis Goes to the Races (1951)
- Francis Goes to West Point (1952)
- Francis Covers the Big Town (1953)
- Francis Joins the WACS (1954)
- Francis in the Navy (1955)
- Francis in the Haunted House (1956)
The first four Francis films were released in 2004 by Universal Pictures on Region 1 and Region 4 DVD as The Adventures of Francis the Talking Mule Vol. 1; several years later, Universal released all 7 Francis films as a set on three Region 1 and Region 4 DVDs, Francis The Talking Mule: The Complete Collection.
- Eliot (2009), p. 35
- Eliot, Marc (2009). American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood. Harmony Books. ISBN 978-0-307-33688-0.