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Francis in the Haunted House (1956)

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Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
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A man who has a talking mule gets a job on a newspaper, and both get mixed up in a murder trial.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Yvette Duguay, Gene Lockhart
Comedy | Fantasy
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A story following Lt. Peter Stirling and his dream being in the navy.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Martha Hyer, Richard Erdman
Comedy | Fantasy
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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.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Lori Nelson, Alice Kelley
Comedy | Fantasy
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Peter Stirling (with his old friend the talking mule) is recalled to active duty...in the WACs!

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, Chill Wills
Comedy | Fantasy
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The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Piper Laurie, Cecil Kellaway
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David Prescott
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Lorna MacLeod
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Police Chief Martin
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Neil Frazer
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Lorna Ann
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Police Lieutenant Hopkins
Ralph Dumke ...
Mayor Hargrove
Richard Gaines ...
D.A. Reynolds
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Jason
Dick Winslow ...
Sergeant Arnold
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Malcolm
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Hugo
Helen Wallace ...
Mrs. MacPherson
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Howard Grisby
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Edward Ryan
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A Ha-Ha-Haunted House Has Got 'Em! ...and it's every ghost for himself! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Fantasy

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August 1956 (USA)  »

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Francis Entre Fantasmas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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This last film in the popular "Francis" series marked two major changes: Mickey Rooney replaced Donald O'Connor and Paul Frees replaced Chill Wills as the voice of Francis. See more »

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Follows Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) See more »

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Francis without Chills, in two ways
28 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the last of the seven Talking Mule pictures in the series put out by Universal during the fifties. This one is the wild card, seeing as it not only does without Donald O'Connor, but also Chill Wills' voicing of Francis. This time we've got Mickey Rooney in the lead and Paul Frees as the voice of Francis. I have lots of admiration for Rooney who can be dynamite when properly directed, but here he is directed by notable hack Charles Lamont and is allowed to sputter away cartoonishly throughout. And Rooney, only in his mid-thirties, looks quite aged, far removed from the youthful looks of his heyday only a decade previous to this. Then there is the heroic attempt by Paul Frees to imitate Chill Wills, which is impossible because Frees' voice is almost as well known and distinctive.

The film itself is one of those estate inheritance murder mysteries with Francis saving the day by alternately helping Rooney solve the case and rescuing him from being killed during the investigation. David Janssen has a small part as a cop, and Timothy Carey plays a hulking worker at the estate (without getting one line of dialogue). The film's title and advertising campaign tries to make you think this is a spooky story, but there's nothing supernatural about it and the scenes at the estate aren't played for chills. Sadly, there aren't any laughs either, unless you find mirth in the umpteenth time Francis reveals his talking ability to some hapless bug-eyed character.


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