Fearless Fagan

Fearless Fagan

Director: Stanley Donen

Cast: Janet Leigh, Carleton Carpenter, Keenan Wynn

     
 

The unbreakable bond between a young man and his pet lion provides the action in this comedy. The trouble begins when the young man becomes a private in the army. Because he cannot bear to sell his lion Fagan to a mean-spirited circus trainer, the private asks his sergeant to help him find a good home for his pet. Naturally, the sergeant at first disbelieves his…  See more details below

Overview

The unbreakable bond between a young man and his pet lion provides the action in this comedy. The trouble begins when the young man becomes a private in the army. Because he cannot bear to sell his lion Fagan to a mean-spirited circus trainer, the private asks his sergeant to help him find a good home for his pet. Naturally, the sergeant at first disbelieves his charge. He becomes a believer after the big kitty escapes from his cage and the Army must send out search parties to get him back. Thanks to Army publicity, a good home is found for the lion. Unfortunately, the loyal feline again escapes to search for his master. He causes chaos during troop maneuvers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Based upon a true story, Fearless Fagan is an amiable little animal picture that will appeal greatly to children. Adults may like it as well, but they should be warned that Fagan is an awfully "cute" movie, with lots of shots of the title lion doing adorable things and behaving in a manner that is intended to push the "Aw, isn't he too sweet" buttons? There's nothing wrong with this, of course, but charm is really all that the screenplay has going for it; despite the contributions of Charles Lederer, there's not a lot of meta to the story, and the situations that it sets up turn out pretty much as one expects: the private is not going to be believed by his sergeant, and the lion is going to cause all sorts of unintentional and hopefully amusing trouble. Fortunately, the cast is long on charm as well. Carleton Carpenter may not be an actor of immense range, but he has the requisite appeal that the role calls for. Likewise, Janet Leigh is not greatly challenged by her part, but she does it very well, and gets to perform the great Hugh Martin-Ralph Blane number "What Do You think I Am?." Keenan Wynn is appropriately blustery, and Stanley Donen's direction is smooth and assured.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2012
UPC:
0883316456194
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
39,123

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet Leigh Abby Ames
Carleton Carpenter Pvt. Floyd Hilston
Keenan Wynn Sgt. Kellwin
Richard Anderson Capt. Daniels
Ellen Corby Mrs. Ardley
Barbara Ruick Nurse
John Call Mr. Ardley
Robert Burton Owen Gillman
Wilton Graff Col. Horne
Parley Baer Emil Tauchnitz
Jonathan Cott Corporal Geft of Company J

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director
Frederick Hazlitt Brennan Screenwriter
Sidney Franklin Associate Producer,Original Story
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Eldon W. Griffiths Original Story
Edwin H. Knopf Producer
Rudolph G. Kopp Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Harold Lipstein Cinematographer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Leonid Vasian Art Director
George White Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fearless Fagan
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [8:32]

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