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Francis in the Navy (1955)

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A story following Lt. Peter Stirling and his dream being in the navy.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Peter Stirling / Bosun's Mate Slicker Donovan
Betsy Donevan
Cmdr. E.T. Hutch
Lt. Anders
Leigh Snowden ...
Nurse Appleby
W.T. 'Rick' Rickson
Paul Burke ...
Phil Garris ...
Tony Stover
Myrna Hansen ...
Jane Howard ...
Nurse Standish
Nurse Kittredge
William Forrest ...


A story following Lt. Peter Stirling and his dream being in the navy.

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That talking mule is back... and the Navy's got him!


Comedy | Fantasy





Release Date:

24 August 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Francis na Marinha  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Donald O'Connor's last Francis movie. See more »


Follows Francis Goes to West Point (1952) See more »


Blow the Man Down
Performed by Chill Wills
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28 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With Francis In The Navy Donald O'Connor called it quits with the Francis The Talking Mule series. I guess he decided to call it quits playing second fiddle to a talking jackass. And Chill Wills as the voice of Francis also sad adieu to said mule. The final Francis film would have Mickey Rooney and Paul Frees as the voice of Francis.

In this film Donald O'Connor gets a message from his friend Francis that he's been stuck in the Navy in San Diego and about to be sold as surplus at an auction. O'Connor goes to San Diego but finds he's continually mistaken for a sailor who is a dead ringer for army lieutenant O'Connor. It's only the beginning of the Comedy Of Errors situation with both O'Connor and another non-talking mule who looks like Francis.

So Donald O'Connor gives us two roles for the price of one her. I have to say that it got a little weird and freaky when army O'Connor starts romancing Martha Hyer who is a navy nurse and sister to navy O'Connor. She probably thought so to, both Hyer and her character.

A lot of familiar names who later made a mark on the small screen show up in Francis In The Navy. In the cast are Jim Backus, Paul Burke, David Janssen, and most of all Clint Eastwood who's height makes him hard to miss.

So with 2 for 1 O'Connors Francis In The Navy is a slight somewhat amusing service comedy which should give its viewers some laughs.

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