During World War II, a junior American Army officer, Lt. Peter Stirling, gets sent to the psychiatric ward whenever he insists that an Army mule named Francis speaks to him.

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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. Written by Winston Song

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February 1950 (USA)  »

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Molly receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

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Francis the Talking Mule: I hope to kiss a duck I can talk!
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The hand of Peter Stirling open the pages of the novel revealing the credits of the film. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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Probably the Best Talking Mule Series Ever
15 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Mr. Ed appeared as a TV series, I thought to myself, "They're stealing Francis's thunder. We saw these movies in our local theater. It was about seven or eight years after they came out. That's the thing with small town theaters. But this was what made them great. Francis is an Army mule and he has insights into what is going on because he can eavesdrop on conversations without being suspected. Donald O'Connor, the great song and dance man, becomes Francis's foil. He receives information. After getting over the fact that the mule can talk, he is put in terrible situations where he may have to reveal where he gets his information. Of course, Francis ain't talking to anybody else. Poor Donald. He goes through this time after time after time. I guess I saw more of these movies. I just don't remember them. As a kid it was a kick.


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