Francis in the Navy
|Francis in the Navy|
Theatrical release half-sheet display poster
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||Stanley Rubin|
Irving Gertz (uncredited)|
William Lava (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Carl E. Guthrie|
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
Stanley Rubin was producer on the film.
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. 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.
- Eliot (2009), p. 35
- Ava Gardner Gets Mail in Havana The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 20 Aug 1954: 58.
- Donald O'Connor Scheduled for Another 'Francis' Film Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 18 Oct 1954: b16.
- Louella Parsons: Martha Scott Signs With C.B. The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 07 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 Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 01 Apr 1955: 24.
-  (The DiscoVision Library)
- Eliot, Marc (2009). American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood. Harmony Books. ISBN 978-0-307-33688-0.