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Francis Joins the WACS

Francis Joins the WACS is a 1954 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Ted Richmond, directed by Arthur Lubin, that stars Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, ZaSu Pitts, Mamie Van Doren, and Chill Wills in two roles, including the distinctive voice of Francis in voice-over.

Francis Joins the WACS
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Directed byArthur Lubin
Produced byTed Richmond
Written byDevery Freeman
James B. Allardice
Dorothy Davenport (add. dialogue)
David Stern (characters)
Based onstory "Mr WAC" by Herbert Baker
StarringDonald O'Connor
Julie Adams
Mamie Van Doren
Chill Wills
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byTed Kent
Production
company
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal-International
Release date
  • July 30, 1954 (1954-07-30)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1.9 million (US and Canada rental)[1]

This is the fifth film in Universal-International Francis the Talking Mule series.

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PlotEdit

Francis Joins the WACS concerns Peter Stirling's return to the U. S. Army. A computer error assigns junior officer Stirling by mistake to the Women's Army Corps. Peter's old friend Francis once again helps him through his various military and personal problems, including several familiar stays (once again) in the base's psychiatric ward!

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Donald O'Connor's contract with Universal had expired, so there was some doubt he would reprise his role; he agreed, however, to make another film.[2]

Leonard Goldstein did not return as producer, being replaced by Ted Richmond.[2]

Although Francis Joins the WACS was announced in late 1952, filming did not start until February 1954.[3]

The film featured an early appearance by Universal contract player Mamie Van Doren.[4]

Video releasesEdit

The original film, Francis (1950), was released in 1978 as one of the first-ever titles in the new LaserDisc format, DiscoVision Catalog #22-003.[5] It was then re-issued on LaserDisc in May 1994 by MCA/Universal Home Video (Catalog #: 42024) as part of an Encore Edition Double Feature with Francis Goes to the Races (1951).

The first two Francis films were released again in 2004 by Universal Pictures on Region 1 and Region 4 DVD, along with the next two in the series, as The Adventures of Francis the Talking Mule Vol. 1. Several years later, Universal released all 7 Francis films as a set on three Region 1 and Region 4 DVDs, Francis The Talking Mule: The Complete Collection.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1954 Box Office Champs". Variety. January 5, 1955. p. 59.
  2. ^ a b Hedda Hopper (16 September 1952). "Looking at Hollywood: Next 'Francis' Film Puts Hero in WAC Camp". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. B4.
  3. ^ Thomas M. Pryor (19 February 1954). "R. K. O Plans Role For Miss Hayward: Fox Is Willing to Lend Actress for 'Conqueror' if Studio Sets Appropriate Date". The New York Times. p. 24.
  4. ^ Hedda Hopper (1 August 1954). "Meet Mamie: Vivacious Van Doren Girl Resembles Marilyn Monroe, but She Has Personality of Her Own". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. c14.
  5. ^ The DiscoVision Library

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