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The working title of this film was The Navy Gets Francis. A February 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Ed Reamers to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Francis in the Navy marked the feature film debut of Clint Eastwood. For more information on the "Francis" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Francis in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50.