Francis (1950)

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A Mule Wiser Than Many of the Humans.



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Complete credited cast:
Nurse Valerie Humpert
Col. Hooker
Gen. Stevens (as John McIntyre)
Col. Plepper
Howland Chamberlain ...
Maj. Nadel
James Todd ...
Col. Saunders
Robert Warwick ...
Col. Carmichael
Sgt. Chillingbacker
Capt. Jones (as Anthony Curtis)
Mikel Conrad ...
Maj. Garber
Loren Tindall ...
Maj. Richards
Charles Meredith ...
Banker Munroe
Francis (as Francis)


The truthful soldier Stirling didn't know how to lie about his source of information, the talking army Mule, Francis, so he was treated as a lunatic and led to one after another hilarious situations, where the mule was the only one that appeared in his right mind. In the process of all this, the mule assisted in uncovering a spy, Mareen, who pretended to be lost among the jungles, but was actually... This is a perfect family film, even amusing to the adults. If people all have enough sense as this talking mule does, the world will be a much better place than its present condition. Written by Winston Song

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Release Date:

February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Francis the Talking Mule  »

Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Donald O'Connor's first of six "Francis" movies. See more »


Francis the Talking Mule: I hope to kiss a duck I can talk!
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Followed by Francis in the Navy (1955) See more »


My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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Francis the Talking Mule (1950) **
4 July 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Just got through the first entry in this series. So-so, but not all that much to rave about. Some fun watching the "Talking Mule" interacting with a young Donald O'Connor as a GI, but I hope the franchise managed to strike some funnier chords as it progressed. This talkative jackass isn't very nice, but I suppose that in itself presents some humor as he insults people and comes across as knowing more than we do. In this first installment he's guiding Americans through the war against the "Japs" and helps O'Connor become a War Hero. I think I'd have preferred a more "domestic" setting. Oh well, maybe for the rest of the series... ** out of ****

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