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Francis Covers the Big Town (1953)

A man who has a talking mule gets a job on a newspaper, and both get mixed up in a murder trial.

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U.S. Army veteran Peter Stirling and his friend, Francis the talking Mule (who was not a donkey), arrive in New York City, where Peter has ambitions to become a big-time newspaper reporter, but can only get a job as a copy boy. Francis, the talking MULE (and not a donkey), though is boarding at the stables where the horses of the city's mounted police are kept, and mounted-police horses are known for being gossips, so Francis gets lots of inside information regarding local crime activity, passes it on to Peter, and Peter is soon leading the town in big-time scoops. This pleases his city-editor to no end, but the local gangsters are not amused. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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17 July 1953 (Australia)  »

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Francis Detective  »

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

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When Francis is peeping around the corner, watching Peter get home from the movies. You can see the thread going to his mouth, that they use to make him move his lips. See more »

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Followed by Francis Joins the WACS (1954) See more »

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Missouri Waltz (Way down in Missouri)
Written by John Valentine Eppel
Lyrics written by J. R. Shannon
Performed by Chill Wills
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Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) ***
28 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

At last! After three unsuccessful attempts at entertainment, this fourth entry worked well for me and is the best of the bunch so far. Francis the Talking Mule and his master, Donald O'Connor (or is it the other way around?) go to New York (the setting alone perks things up a bit) where they become mixed up in all sorts of trouble, including a murder trial. This installment is better written with more time devoted to the donkey, who's actually pretty funny for a change. The script also makes better use of its supporting characters and fashions a love affair for the bumbling O'Connor.

*** out of ****


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