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Francis Joins the WACS (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 July 1954 (USA)
Peter Stirling (with his old friend the talking mule) is recalled to active duty...in the WACs!

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Lt. Dickson
Mara Corday ...
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Marge
Elsie Holmes ...
Bessie
Anthony Radecki ...
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Capt. Creavy, Psychiatrist
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On arrival at Fort Chase, ex-soldier Peter Stirling, recalled to active duty, is re-united with his old pal Francis the Talking Mule. Gradually, it dawns on Peter that a clerical error has assigned him to an all-female WAC base, where broad slapstick is the order of the day and Francis has more horse sense than any of the human officers. Too innocent to appreciate the pleasant aspects of his predicament, Peter ends by helping the "enemy" in a war-game battle of the sexes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Francis Entre Mulheres  »

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Trivia

Donald O'Connor's fifth of six "Francis" movies. See more »

Quotes

Francis the Talking Mule: What trick is there to talking? Any fool can do it.
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The last credit is for 'Francis, the talking mule.' See more »

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Follows Francis Goes to the Races (1951) See more »

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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
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Performed by Donald O'Connor and Mamie Van Doren
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Naught Here Added To The Formula.
9 January 2005 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Fifth in the series of Universal Studios' talking mule movies, this entry provides very little that is not predictable since the Francis films, in spite of their scripted absurdity, were calculable successes at the box office and there was scant cause to use innovation. Peter Stirling (Donald O'Connor), is recalled to active Army duty, but when the hapless lieutenant is assigned to a Women's Army Corps (WAC) detachment due to a flawed clerical procedure in the Pentagon, neither he nor his new distaff officer companions are pleased with a nonsensical situation. His WAC superiors believe that Peter has been planted as a scout and is being used to undermine their efforts opposing a men's army unit in an upcoming War Games matchup, and Peter and Francis invent a method to persuade the women that he is not there for clandestine purposes. The quaint pair is capable of attempting this because Peter's proxy specialty is training women soldiers to become camouflage experts and since the Games are going to be focused upon just such activity, the situation is readied for crucial events. The film was completed in Spring of 1954, shot primarily at California's Fort Ord, with numerous WACS assigned there being employed as extras in a film that pleasingly reflects the result of high-quality production values contributed by the Universal management. Arthur Lubin, director of all six of the O'Connor featured Francis films, offers sluggish pacing with this item, largely due to an overly complicated scenario that weighs down the final section dealing with camouflage competition between the military men and women. As with all Francis pictures, a primary interest in this one relates to early performances of well-known actors, including the initial yelps of fear from "Scream Queen" Allison Hayes, and Universal ingénues Mamie Van Doren and Julia Adams, although the best playing is by veteran ZaSu Pitts as an undone Army nurse; clever thematic scoring by Irving Gertz was used years later by the Studio for other releases.


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