Francis in the Navy
|Francis in the Navy|
Theatrical release half-sheet display poster
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||Stanley Rubin|
|Written by||Devery Freeman|
|Music by||Irving Gertz (uncredited)|
William Lava (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Carl E. Guthrie|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
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 and 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.
This is the sixth film in Universal-International 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, and as a result gets promptly shipped to Donevan's base. With his old pal Francis, Sterling continues his military career 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
It was once known as Francis Weighs Anchor and started filing February 15, 1955.
Stanley Rubin was producer on the film.
- Eliot (2009), p. 35
- Ava Gardner Gets Mail in Havana The Washington Post and Times Herald 20 Aug 1954: 58.
- Donald O'Connor Scheduled for Another 'Francis' Film Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 18 Oct 1954: b16.
- Gilbert, George (2 February 1955). "Arthur Lubin's Credo on Directing". Variety. p. 22.
- Louella Parsons: Martha Scott Signs With C.B. The Washington Post and Times Herald 7 Mar 1955: 26.
- HOLLYWOOD HAILS 'OSCAR' CEREMONY: Film Industry Calls TV Event Best Paced in Three Years --Award Given to Garbo By THOMAS M. PRYOR New York Times 1 Apr 1955: 24.
- Eliot, Marc (2009). American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood. Harmony Books. ISBN 978-0-307-33688-0.