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Cry for Happy (1961) George Marshall, Glenn Ford, Donald O’Connor, Miiko Taka, Comedy, Romance

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U.S. Navy combat cameraman Andy Cyphers (Ford) & his team – Murray Prince (O’Connor), George Washing Suzuki and Lank, billet themselves in an “off-limits’ Kyoto, Japan, heisha house while on leave. Cyphers quickly becomes attracted to the beautiful Chiyoko, while Murray falls in love with the pixie-like Harue. A tongue-in-cheek story told by Murray to newspapermen, that he is fighting the Korean War to help Japanese orphans, becomes big news in America and lands them in trouble.
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Francis Joins the WACS (1954) Arthur Lubin, Donald O’Connor, Julie Adams, Chill Wills, Comedy, Fantasy

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On arrival at Fort Chase, ex-soldier Peter Stirling, recalled to active duty, is re-united with his old pal Francis the Talking Mule. Gradually, it dawns on Peter that a clerical error has assigned him to an all-female WAC base, where broad slapstick is the order of the day and Francis has more horse sense than any of the human officers. Too innocent to appreciate the pleasant aspects of his predicament, Peter ends by helping the “enemy” in a war-game battle of the sexes.
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Francis Goes to West Point (1952) Arthur Lubin, Donald O’Connor, Lori Nelson, Alice Kelley, Comedy, Fantasy

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Francis Goes to West Point is the third entry in Universal’s money-spinning series about a talking mule. Donald O’Connor once again stars as Peter Sterling, who with the garrulous Francis’ helps prevent the destruction of an atomic energy plant. As a reward, Peter is given a scholarship to West Point, where he quickly distinguishes himself as the military academy’s biggest foul-up. Peter’s future as an officer and a gentleman is saved by the timely arrival of Francis, who functions as the West Point football team’s mascot. This time around, O’Connor is allotted two lovely leading ladies, played by Lori Nelson and Alice Kelly. Two of the West Point cadets are played by future TV favorites David Janssen and James Best. And as always, Francis’ Southern-fried voice is supplied by Chill Wills.
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