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Release Date:
24 August 1955 (USA) See more »
That talking mule is back... and the Navy's got him!
A story following Lt. Peter Stirling and his dream being in the navy. | Add synopsis »
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Donald O'Connor ... Lt. Peter Stirling / Bosun's Mate Slicker Donovan

Martha Hyer ... Betsy Donevan

Richard Erdman ... Murph

Jim Backus ... Cmdr. E.T. Hutch

Clint Eastwood ... Jonesey

David Janssen ... Lt. Anders
Leigh Snowden ... Nurse Appleby

Martin Milner ... W.T. 'Rick' Rickson

Paul Burke ... Tate
Phil Garris ... Tony Stover
Myrna Hansen ... Helen
Jane Howard ... Nurse Standish

Virginia O'Brien ... Nurse Kittredge
William Forrest ... Admiral

Molly ... Francis (as Francis the Talking Mule)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erville Alderson ... Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
Hy Averback ... Prescott (uncredited)

Bill Baldwin ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Auctioneer's Helper (uncredited)
Frank Chase ... Yeoman (uncredited)
John Compton ... Aide (uncredited)
James Craven ... Oscillator Tester (uncredited)

Art Gilmore ... Lieutenant Hopper (uncredited)
Lee Graham ... Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greene ... Senator (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy ... Creavy (uncredited)
Jil Jarmyn ... Mitzi (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Man in Auction Tent (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Man in Auction Tent (uncredited)

Walter Woolf King ... Jensen (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Auction Bidder (uncredited)

Kenneth MacDonald ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
George E. Mather ... Enlisted Man (uncredited)
Michael McHale ... Bus driver (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Bull Bostwick (uncredited)

John Pickard ... Shore Patrolman (uncredited)
James Pryor ... Gate Guard (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Bostwick's Second (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)
Robert Slaven ... Sailor (uncredited)

Olan Soule ... Airline Ticket Clerk (uncredited)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Timekeeper (uncredited)
Garry Thorne ... Guard (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
James Todd ... General (uncredited)
Louis Towers ... Boy (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Referee (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Auctioneer (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Chill Wills ... Francis the Talking Mule (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Devery Freeman  screenplay
Devery Freeman  story
David Stern  characters

Produced by
Stanley Rubin .... producer
Original Music by
Irving Gertz (uncredited)
William Lava (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie  (as Carl Guthrie)
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Ray Snyder 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Bill Newberry 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ray Jeffers 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
James Welch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
Special Effects by
Clifford Stine .... special photography
David S. Horsley .... special effects (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Stanley Wilson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
F.D. Fane .... technical advisor
David Janssen .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Don Terry .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

With Donald O'Connor's DUKW (duck) having stalled for want of gasoline, Francis comes along and asks him, "Wanna sell a duck?" This clever play on words was a reference to a catchphrase of the late comedian Joe Penner, "Wanna buy a duck?"See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Back to the Future Part III (1990)See more »
Blow the Man DownSee more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Last of the series falls a bit short of its predecessors., 28 June 2003
Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

This is the sixth and final film of the series produced by Universal that included Donald O'Connor, and director Arthur Lubin, who created the sequence. It would be charitable to state that this entry is up to the best of its antecedents, as O'Connor's tongue-tied routine as the chowderheaded sidekick of Francis the talking mule has become rather exhausting for audiences by the time of this release. Army lieutenant Peter Stirling (O'Connor) is advised by Francis that the mule has been "drafted" into the Navy and is positioned as surplus to be auctioned at the Coronado (Calif.) base. While attempting to regain Francis' freedom, Peter is mistaken for a lookalike bosn's mate, Slicker Donovan, is captured by the Shore Patrol and must then reestablish his correct identity while disinvolving himself from various examples of pulchritude with which the rakish Slicker has supplied him by default through their personality exchange. These latter include several of the studio's most highly considered contract starlets, including Martha Hyer, Leigh Snowden and Myrna Hansen, with the always enjoyable Virginia O'Brien attempting a comeback of sorts while restricted to a single scene. The ever efficient Lubin obtains maximum mileage from the dual performance of O'Connor, who stated after the film's completion that he found troubling the larger volume of fan mail received by the mule when compared with his own. Perhaps more telling is the failure of the popular actor to develop his character, a lack made clear by his adroit variant as Slicker. There is also a significant reduction in the use of Francis, and the minimal dialogue given to Chill Wills (his voice) lacks wit and is consequently delivered with scant spirit. Contributing most to the movie's potential appeal are early appearances of subsequently well-known actors, including Paul Burke, David Janssen, Martin Milner and, in his first credited role, Clint Eastwood. Despite the potentially interesting identity crisis involving O'Connor's two roles, it is plain that termination of involvement in the series by the director and star is a move to guard against further erosion of the lead characters' appeal

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