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A Mule Wiser Than Many of the Humans.

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Nurse Valerie Humpert
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Col. Hooker
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Gen. Stevens (as John McIntyre)
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Col. Plepper
Howland Chamberlain ...
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James Todd ...
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Francis (as Francis)
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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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February 1950 (USA)  »

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Francis the Talking Mule  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Francis the Talking Mule: I hope to kiss a duck I can talk!
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Crazy Credits

The hand of Peter Stirling open the pages of the novel revealing the credits of the film. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Joan Rivers/Musical Youth (1983) See more »

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My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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14 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

JoeKarlosi, if you didn't like this movie, then you most certainly won't like the remainder of the series.

I grew up watching the entire Francis series, as well as the Ma and Pa Kettle movies. The object of these movies was nothing more than entertainment. In that vein, the directors did quite well. This includes Francis Joins the WACs, Francis Joines the Navy, and Francis at the Races.

Sit back, clear your mind, and enjoy the movies. View them as nothing but mind candy. Thinking is not required. In today's era of mega-budget movies with dark overtones, these are quite refreshing. Think back to the days of our youth, when we were concerned not with the problems of the world, but with how to spend that quarter burning a hole in your pocket.


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