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Francis Goes to West Point (1952)

Francis the talking mule gets his owner in and out of trouble while he is taking basic training at West Point.

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Barbara Atwood
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William Norton (as Palmer Lee)
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Wilbur Van Allen
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Col. Daniels
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Football Coach Chadwick
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Cpl. Thomas (as Dave Janssen)
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Cpl. Ransom
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Francis (as Francis the Talking Mule)
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Francis the talking mule gets his owner in and out of trouble while he is taking basic training at West Point.

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That Talking Mule Is Back and the Army's got him Again!

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Comedy | Fantasy

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July 1952 (USA)  »

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Francis all'accademia  »

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

Goofs

In one scene when Donald O'Connor finishes talking with Francis in the barn and leaves, Chill Wills is clearly seen standing behind the paddock. He's wearing a cowboy hat and ducks down after he realizes he's on camera. Actually, if you freeze frame that part of the scene, the person ducking out of camera range is clearly not Chill Wills; it's actually Francis'(Who's real name is Molly) trainer Lester L. Hilton. See more »

Quotes

Coach Chadwick: Francis is a good friend of Sterling's and mine, and he's been helping me with the backfield.
William Norton: Helping you?
Coach Chadwick: Well, he's not the first jackass to try to tell me how to run the team.
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Follows Francis (1950) See more »

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Conga
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Traditional Cuban dance
Played at Cadet Dance
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Mule in a rut.
25 February 2005 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

Although I have always had a strong affection for the Francis pictures, probably because I grew up with them, I always found that the preponderance of military settings in the series was a little claustrophobic and cramped the potential for humour. (Consequently my favourites have always been Francis Goes to the Races and Francis Covers the Big Town). In Francis Goes to West Point I find this tendency to be at its most pronounced. Not only are we saddled with a military setting (and a confined one at that, so that there is not even the chance to open the story out a little), but as well as the usual mandatory romance between Peter Stirling and some Universal starlet, there is a another romantic subplot involving other cast members, and a hackneyed football sub-plot as well. For this reason I have always found this instalment the weakest in the series, an honour generally accorded to Francis in the Haunted House, but I'd take that over this any day. Pity that the opening scenes where Stirling saves a government plant from saboteurs didn't lead to some other kind of storyline.


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