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Fearless Fagan (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 August 1952 (USA)
A man brings his devoted pet with him when he is drafted into the army. The pet happens to be an adult lion, named Fearless Fagan. Based on a true story.

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (adaptation), Sidney Franklin (story) (as Sidney Franklin Jr.) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Leigh ... Abby Ames
Carleton Carpenter ... Pvt. Floyd Hilston - Company J
Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Kellwi - Company J
Richard Anderson ... Capt. Daniels - Company J
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Ardley
Barbara Ruick ... Second Nurse
John Call John Call ... Mr. Ardley
Robert Burton ... Owen Gillman
Wilton Graff ... Col. Horne
Parley Baer ... Emil Tauchnitz
Jonathan Cott ... Cpl. Geft - Company J
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Storyline

A man brings his devoted pet with him when he is drafted into the army. The pet happens to be an adult lion, named Fearless Fagan. Based on a true story.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'intrépide See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$950,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The hash marks on Col. Horne's uniform left sleeve indicate he spent at least 1 1/2 years overseas in both WWI and WWII. See more »

Goofs

When Abby goes to get in the Colonel's car after leaving Fagan and Floyd, the shadow of the boom microphone sweeps over the trunk and top of the car. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Floyd Hilston, Company J: He doesn't know he's a lion, he's my friend.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #5.17 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

What Do You Think I Am?
Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Performed by Janet Leigh
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Inspired by a true story about a man and his lion, and the army. When Pvt. Floyd Hilston is drafted finding a home for his beloved lion becomes a problem.
26 October 2014 | by rogerlovlieSee all my reviews

The inspiration for the story can be found in the February 12, 1951 issue of Life magazine titled "Fearless Fagan Finds a Home". Fagan played himself in this movie, "And introducting Fearless Fagan (Himself)" appears in the opening credits and his owner PFC Floyd C. Humeston acted as an adviser. The true part of the story is that Humeston worked as a clown with his lion. When he was drafted, he could not find a suitable home for Fagan so he took Fagan with him to Ford Ord, CA. After the film was completed, Fagan remained as a resident of M-G-M's animal compound until Humeston's enlistment was up in Oct 1952. I would recommend this movie even though much of the comedy is contrived.


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