History Creator / ColemanFrancis

12th Jun '17 10:58:43 AM erforce
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-->--'''Tom Servo''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

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-->--'''Tom -->-- '''Tom Servo''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''



Each of Coleman Francis' films easily fall alongside such "gems" as ''Film/BabyGeniuses'', ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'', or ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', but what makes them really notable is that he managed to produce three of them, each utterly terrible, but in completely different ways. All three films have been featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', [[{{Hellevator}} elevating]] Francis into that elite circle of bad movie directors that also includes Uwe Boll, [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Hal P. Warren]], Creator/EdWood, [[Film/MonsterAGoGo Herschell Gordon Lewis]], [[Film/TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]], [[Film/{{Birdemic}} James Nyugen]], Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg, and many more.

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Each of Coleman Francis' films easily fall alongside such "gems" as ''Film/BabyGeniuses'', ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'', or ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', but what makes them really notable is that he managed to produce three of them, each utterly terrible, but in completely different ways. All three films have been featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', [[{{Hellevator}} elevating]] Francis into that elite circle of bad movie directors that also includes Uwe Boll, [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Hal P. Warren]], Creator/EdWood, [[Film/MonsterAGoGo Herschell Gordon Lewis]], Creator/HerschellGordonLewis, [[Film/TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]], [[Film/{{Birdemic}} James Nyugen]], Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg, and many more.
18th Feb '17 10:14:51 AM AnotherGuy
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Francis was a struggling actor, who had bit roles in films like ''Film/ThisIslandEarth'', but couldn't even score a film credit til appearing as a detective in Creator/RogerCorman's ''Stakeout on Dope Street''. At some point, he met up with a highly decorated artillery gunner named Anthony Cordoza, who had the money to finance Francis' films. Both would appear in the films as well.
18th Feb '17 10:11:20 AM AnotherGuy
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His death was as dark and murky as his films: according to co-producer Anthony Cardoza, he was found one day dead in the back of a station wagon, with a plastic bag around his bag and tube going into his throat (or around his neck, Cardoza never bothered to find out which because they were on the outs at the time.)
26th Nov '16 1:06:01 PM MarkLungo
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* NeverSuicide: Francis allegedly died in 1973 of arteriosclerosis, but his body was found in the back of a station wagon with a plastic bag over his head and a tube going into his mouth or around his throat.

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* NeverSuicide: Francis died in 1973, allegedly died in 1973 of arteriosclerosis, but his body was found in the back of a station wagon with a plastic bag over his head and a tube going into his mouth or around his throat.
26th Nov '16 1:04:14 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Film/RedZoneCuba'' (''Night Train to Mundo Fine'')

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* ''Film/RedZoneCuba'' (''Night (aka ''Night Train to Mundo Fine'')



** Francis appeared in a bit part in ''ThisIslandEarth''.

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** Francis appeared in a bit part in ''ThisIslandEarth''.''Film/ThisIslandEarth''.
27th Aug '16 1:08:17 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* PropRecycling: Alleged actor Eric "I ''like'' coffee!" Tomlin's white Ford Ranchero appears in both ''Yucca Flats'' and ''Skydivers''. In ''Film/RedZoneCuba'', it shows up again later (this time with its top up) as a police car.
24th May '16 8:24:17 AM AnotherGuy
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* NeverSuicide: Francis allegedly died in 1973 of arteriosclerosis, but his body was found in the back of a station wagon with a plastic bag over his head and a tube going into his mouth or around his throat.
-->'''Anthony Cardoza:''' I don't know if he committed suicide, or ... I have no idea. Never looked it up because we were on the outs at the time.
6th Nov '15 5:38:16 AM JamesAustin
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Each of Coleman Francis' films easily fall alongside such "gems" as ''Film/BabyGeniuses'', ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'', ''Film/OldDogs'', or ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', but what makes them really notable is that he managed to produce three of them, each utterly terrible, but in completely different ways. All three films have been featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', [[{{Hellevator}} elevating]] Francis into that elite circle of bad movie directors that also includes Uwe Boll, [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Hal P. Warren]], Creator/EdWood, [[Film/MonsterAGoGo Herschell Gordon Lewis]], [[Film/TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]], [[Film/{{Birdemic}} James Nyugen]], SeltzerAndFriedberg, and many more.

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Each of Coleman Francis' films easily fall alongside such "gems" as ''Film/BabyGeniuses'', ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'', ''Film/OldDogs'', or ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', but what makes them really notable is that he managed to produce three of them, each utterly terrible, but in completely different ways. All three films have been featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', [[{{Hellevator}} elevating]] Francis into that elite circle of bad movie directors that also includes Uwe Boll, [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Hal P. Warren]], Creator/EdWood, [[Film/MonsterAGoGo Herschell Gordon Lewis]], [[Film/TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]], [[Film/{{Birdemic}} James Nyugen]], SeltzerAndFriedberg, Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg, and many more.
24th Sep '15 2:45:22 PM JamesAustin
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** The narrator from ''Beast of Yucca Flats''. ''Red Zone Cuba'' also experiences this at the very end when, out of nowhere, a voiceover suddenly says "Griffin. Ran all the way to hell with a penny, and a broken cigarette."
** [[MemeticMutation "Flag on the moon. How did it get there?"]]

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** The narrator from ''Beast of Yucca Flats''.
-->'''Narrator''': [[MemeticMutation "Flag on the moon. How did it get there?"]]
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''Red Zone Cuba'' also experiences this at the very end when, out of nowhere, a voiceover suddenly says "Griffin. Ran all the way to hell with a penny, and a broken cigarette."
** [[MemeticMutation "Flag on the moon. How did it get there?"]]
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24th Sep '15 2:25:37 PM JamesAustin
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* {{Bookends}} - Almost certainly unintentional, but his first film, ''The Beast of Yucca Flats'' starts with [[spoiler:Lanell Cado's character being killed by the mutated Dr. Javorsky]], and his last film, ''Red Zone Cuba'' ends with [[spoiler:another character played by Cado being wounded (and possibly killed; it's not very clear) in a shoot-out]].
* {{Cameo}} - Anthony Cardoza, Coleman's financier and producer, appears in every one of his films. Additionally, quite a few of the extras in ''The Skydivers'' are all members of Coleman's and Cardoza's extended families.

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* {{Bookends}} - {{Bookends}}: Almost certainly unintentional, but his first film, ''The Beast of Yucca Flats'' starts with [[spoiler:Lanell Cado's character being killed by the mutated Dr. Javorsky]], and his last film, ''Red Zone Cuba'' ends with [[spoiler:another character played by Cado being wounded (and possibly killed; it's not very clear) in a shoot-out]].
* {{Cameo}} - TheCameo:
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Anthony Cardoza, Coleman's financier and producer, appears in every one of his films. Additionally, quite a few of the extras in ''The Skydivers'' are all members of Coleman's and Cardoza's extended families.



* DullSurprise - A disease endemic among Coleman Francis' casts.

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* DullSurprise - DullSurprise: A disease endemic among Coleman Francis' casts.



* FauxlosophicNarration - The narrator from ''Beast of Yucca Flats''. ''Red Zone Cuba'' also experiences this at the very end when, out of nowhere, a voiceover suddenly says "Griffin. Ran all the way to hell with a penny, and a broken cigarette."

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* FauxlosophicNarration - FauxlosophicNarration:
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The narrator from ''Beast of Yucca Flats''. ''Red Zone Cuba'' also experiences this at the very end when, out of nowhere, a voiceover suddenly says "Griffin. Ran all the way to hell with a penny, and a broken cigarette."



* LeaveTheCameraRunning - Used far too many times to count - the scene where Griffin tries to put up the roof of the convertible in ''Red Zone Cuba'' comes to mind.

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* LeaveTheCameraRunning - LeaveTheCameraRunning: Used far too many times to count - the scene where Griffin tries to put up the roof of the convertible in ''Red Zone Cuba'' comes to mind.



* {{Motifs}} - Coffee, death, cigarettes, terrible depressing tragedy, light aircraft, Tony Cardoza, people getting shot from light aircraft, a mountain somewhere in Kern County, women getting brutalized and vigilante justice.
* PropRecycling - Alleged actor Eric "I ''like'' coffee!" Tomlin's white Ford Ranchero appears in both ''Yucca Flats'' and ''Skydivers''. In ''Film/RedZoneCuba'', it shows up again later (this time with its top up) as a police car.
* ShaggyDogStory - All three films. ''Film/RedZoneCuba'' goes one step further and [[ShootTheShaggyDog Shoots The Shaggy Dog]]. Not a very sympathetic one, though.
* WomenInRefrigerators - Only four female characters survive to the end of a Coleman Francis movie. One a blind/deaf girl who is raped and left without any means of support; the second is widowed and lives the rest of her life as a depressed hermit. Another is shot and wounded by Coleman's character. The last one is left with a husband who's been winged with a bullet by a gun-crazy policeman and two sons who were nearly killed by the Beast.

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* {{Motifs}} - {{Motifs}}: Coffee, death, cigarettes, terrible depressing tragedy, light aircraft, Tony Cardoza, people getting shot from light aircraft, a mountain somewhere in Kern County, women getting brutalized and vigilante justice.
* PropRecycling - PropRecycling: Alleged actor Eric "I ''like'' coffee!" Tomlin's white Ford Ranchero appears in both ''Yucca Flats'' and ''Skydivers''. In ''Film/RedZoneCuba'', it shows up again later (this time with its top up) as a police car.
* ShaggyDogStory - ShaggyDogStory: All three films. ''Film/RedZoneCuba'' goes one step further and [[ShootTheShaggyDog Shoots The Shaggy Dog]]. Not a very sympathetic one, though.
* WomenInRefrigerators - StuffedIntoTheFridge: Only four female characters survive to the end of a Coleman Francis movie. One a blind/deaf girl who is raped and left without any means of support; the second is widowed and lives the rest of her life as a depressed hermit. Another is shot and wounded by Coleman's character. The last one is left with a husband who's been winged with a bullet by a gun-crazy policeman and two sons who were nearly killed by the Beast.
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