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  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Francis the Talking Mule receives an "introducing" credit. See more »


Francis the Talking Mule: I hope to kiss a duck I can talk!
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Referenced in Hill Street Blues: Life in the Minors (1983) See more »


My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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Francis and Donald, just plain fun
7 May 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

No great art here, just lots and lots of fun. Donald O'Connor's Peter Stirling is endearing, sweet, gullible, and the perfect foil for the acerbic mule who has been called, among other things, Groucho on a bad day. O'Connor was always a top-notch comedien -- he had the ability to render an innocent word or phrase hilarious with an unexpected inflection or the lift of an eyebrow. O'Connor doesn't showcase his extraordinary dancing abilities in this series (more's the pity), but we are definitely treated to the eternally young looking actor's gifts as an actor and comedien. If you can talk your children into sitting through at least ten minutes of any of the movies in the Francis series, they'll be hooked -- and they might just gain appreciation for the talents of a bygone era. The comedy and pacing in "Francis" is slower than today's rapid fire movies, but once introduced, children -- and adults -- generally love them. I know I do!

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