Francis in the Navy

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Francis in the Navy
Theatrical release half-sheet display poster
Directed byArthur Lubin
Produced byStanley Rubin
Written byDevery Freeman
David Stern
StarringDonald O'Connor
Martha Hyer
Music byIrving Gertz (uncredited)
William Lava (uncredited)
CinematographyCarl E. Guthrie
Edited byMilton Carruth
Ray Snyder
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal-International
Release date
  • August 24, 1955 (1955-08-24)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[1] 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.[2]


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 was reluctant to make the film but agreed to do one more at the request of his daughter[3] (in addition to a financial inducement from Universal studio head Edward Muhl).[4]

It was once known as Francis Weighs Anchor and started filing February 15, 1955.[5]

The film was partially shot at the U. S. Navy base in Coronado California, not far from downtown San Diego.[6]

Stanley Rubin was producer on the film.[7]

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  1. ^ Eliot (2009), p. 35
  2. ^ Vagg, Stephen (14 September 2019). "The Cinema of Arthur Lubin". Diabolique Magazine.
  3. ^ Ava Gardner Gets Mail in Havana The Washington Post and Times Herald 20 Aug 1954: 58.
  4. ^ Donald O'Connor Scheduled for Another 'Francis' Film Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 18 Oct 1954: b16.
  5. ^ Gilbert, George (2 February 1955). "Arthur Lubin's Credo on Directing". Variety. p. 22.
  6. ^ Louella Parsons: Martha Scott Signs With C.B. The Washington Post and Times Herald 7 Mar 1955: 26.
  7. ^ 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.


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