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Francis Goes to the Races (1951)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  1 May 1951 (USA)
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The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.



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Complete credited cast:
Frances Travers
Colonel Travers
Jesse White ...
Frank Damer
Barry Kelley ...
Roy Square Deal Mallory
Chief Inspector Carrington
Head Steward
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Meredith ...
Banker Munroe (archive footage)
Sammy Shack ...
Vendor (scenes deleted)
Bernard Szold ...
Proprietor (scenes deleted)


The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.

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1 May 1951 (USA)  »

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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 second of six "Francis" movies. See more »


When Peter Stirling is in the barn talking to Francis, who is in the stall, just behind Francis you can see Chill Wills, (the voice of Francis), stand partly up, then he moves in a crouch and ducks back down. See more »


Followed by Francis in the Navy (1955) See more »

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Francis Goes to the Races (1951) **
5 July 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Hee-Yawwwwn, Hee-Yawwwwn...

This one was even more ordinary than the first. Having grown up with TV's "MR. ED" I really thought I would have appreciated this movie series a lot more than I am. The dialogue for the talking mule is not nearly as funny as it should have been, and Francis is kept to the sidelines way too much in this entry. I mean, when you're watching a series like this one, you're looking for the babbling jackass to entertain you throughout it. What other reason could there be for watching? And while it's mildly amusing to hear a mule berate his master (the well-cast Donald O'Connor) I still think it couldn't have hurt for the writing department to fashion a likable personality for this animal, too.

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