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Francis (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 8 February 1950 (USA)
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During World War II, a junior American Army officer, Lt. Peter Stirling, gets sent to the psychiatric ward whenever he insists that an Army mule named Francis speaks to him.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

David Stern (novel), David Stern (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Peter Stirling
Patricia Medina ... Maureen Gelder
Zasu Pitts ... Nurse Valerie Humpert
Ray Collins ... Col. Hooker
John McIntire ... Gen. Stevens (as John McIntyre)
Eduard Franz ... Col. Plepper
Howland Chamberlain ... Maj. Nadel
James Todd James Todd ... Col. Saunders
Robert Warwick ... Col. Carmichael
Frank Faylen ... Sgt. Chillingbacker
Tony Curtis ... Capt. Jones (as Anthony Curtis)
Mikel Conrad ... Maj. Garber
Loren Tindall ... Maj. Richards
Charles Meredith ... Banker Munroe
Molly ... Francis (as Francis)
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Storyline

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, Maureen, who pretended to be lost among the jungles. Written by Winston Song

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis the Talking Mule See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Quotes

Francis the Talking Mule: I hope to kiss a duck I can talk!
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Crazy Credits

The hand of Peter Stirling open the pages of the novel revealing the credits of the film. See more »

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Referenced in Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball (2012) See more »

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My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
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Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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14 June 2005 | by ubootsmannSee all my reviews

JoeKarlosi, if you didn't like this movie, then you most certainly won't like the remainder of the series.

I grew up watching the entire Francis series, as well as the Ma and Pa Kettle movies. The object of these movies was nothing more than entertainment. In that vein, the directors did quite well. This includes Francis Joins the WACs, Francis Joines the Navy, and Francis at the Races.

Sit back, clear your mind, and enjoy the movies. View them as nothing but mind candy. Thinking is not required. In today's era of mega-budget movies with dark overtones, these are quite refreshing. Think back to the days of our youth, when we were concerned not with the problems of the world, but with how to spend that quarter burning a hole in your pocket.


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