Francis in the Navy

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Francis in the Navy
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Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by Stanley Rubin
Written by Devery Freeman
David Stern
Starring Donald O'Connor
Martha Hyer
Distributed by Universal-International
Release dates
  • August 24, 1955 (1955-08-24)
Running time
80 min.
Country United States
Language English

Francis in the Navy is a 1955 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, 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.[1] The distinctive voice of Francis is a voice-over by actor Chill Wills.

This is sixth film in Universal-International's Francis the Talking Mule series.

Plot[edit]

U. S. Army officer Lt. Peter Sterling gets mistaken for his lookalike in the U. S. Navy, Bosun's Mate 'Slicker' Donevan, and as a result gets promptly shipped to Donevan's base. With his old pal Francis, Sterling continues his misadventures, this time in the Navy.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Donald O'Connor was reluctant to make the film but agreed to do one more at the request of his daughter[2](in addition to a financial inducement from Universal studio head Edward Muhl).[3]

The film was partially shot at the U. S. Navy base in Coronado California.[4]

Stanley Rubin was producer on the film.[5]

Video releases[edit]

The original film, Francis (1950), was released in 1978 as one of the first-ever titles in the new LaserDisc format, DiscoVision Catalog #22-003.[6] It was then re-issued on LaserDisc in May 1994 by MCA/Universal Home Video (Catalog #: 42024) as part of an Encore Edition Double Feature with Francis Goes to the Races (1951).

The first two Francis films were released again in 2004 by Universal Pictures on Region 1 and Region 4 DVD, along with the next two in the series, 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.

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ Eliot (2009), p. 35
  2. ^ Ava Gardner Gets Mail in Havana The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 20 Aug 1954: 58.
  3. ^ Donald O'Connor Scheduled for Another 'Francis' Film Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 18 Oct 1954: b16.
  4. ^ Louella Parsons: Martha Scott Signs With C.B. The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 07 Mar 1955: 26.
  5. ^ HOLLYWOOD HAILS 'OSCAR' CEREMONY: Film Industry Calls TV Event Best Paced in Three Years --Award Given to Garbo By THOMAS M. PRYORSpecial to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 01 Apr 1955: 24.
  6. ^ [1] (The DiscoVision Library)

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