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Coleman C. Francis (January 24, 1919 – January 15, 1973) was an American film director and actor. He has become known in recent years for the abysmal production quality of his three self-produced 1960s films. His films are composed of murky black-and-white scenes in desert locations with poor acting and repetitive plot devices: a preoccupation with light aircraft and parachuting, coffee or cigarettes serving as a prop or a center of conversation, and a vigilante-style gunning down of suspects without a trial to conclude the film. The plot often wanders inexplicably, to the point that some critics have suggested it represents an intentional artistic style.