Francis in the Navy

directed by Arthur Lubin
Category: "Comedy"
Year of Release:1955
Date Added:10/06/2019
Date Watched:10/06/2019
Description:The sixth of seven movies in the Francis series. Lt. Peter Stirling (Donald O'Connor) is now a code breaker in the Army. He gets a message from Francis the talking mule that the Army is about to sell him at auction. Peter takes leave and heads for the auction to buy the mule. The problem is that Peter is a dead ringer for Navy bosun Slicker (also played by O'Connor). Slicker sees a chance to get away for a while, so he takes off while Peter is caught by the Navy police and sent to Slicker's unit. Francis is purchased by the Navy for endurance experiments. He tries to help Peter out of his mess. Slicker returns and promises to come clean, but then he's injured. Peter decides to take his place in a Navy exercise. All this time, Slicker's mates don't realize they're really dealing with Peter. There's a bit of silliness with Peter and Francis getting loss in a DUCW and arriving at the exercise just in time with the mule driving the DUKW. Francis decides to stay in the Navy and Peter returns to his duty. Clint Eastwood has a bit part (his first credited role) as one of Slicker's Navy mates.
My Rating:4

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Review - Francis in the Navy

The joke that a mule can talk wasn't funny in the first movie in the series, and it hadn't gotten any funnier by the sixth. In fact, Francis didn't have much of a role in this one except comic relief.
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