|Francis Joins the WACS|
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||Ted Richmond|
|Written by||Devery Freeman|
James B. Allardice
Dorothy Davenport (add. dialogue)
David Stern (characters)
|Based on||story "Mr WAC" by Herbert Baker|
Mamie Van Doren
|Edited by||Ted Kent|
|Box office||$1.9 million (US and Canada rental)|
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 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!
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.
Although Francis Joins the WACS was announced in late 1952, filming did not start until February 1954.
The film featured an early appearance by Universal contract player Mamie Van Doren.
According to Variety the film outgrossed the second, third and fourth in the series.
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. 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.