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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, Mareen, 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Donald O'Connor's first of six "Francis" 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 The Muppet Show: Phyllis Diller (1976) See more »

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My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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Francis the Talking Mule (1950) **
4 July 2004 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Just got through the first entry in this series. So-so, but not all that much to rave about. Some fun watching the "Talking Mule" interacting with a young Donald O'Connor as a GI, but I hope the franchise managed to strike some funnier chords as it progressed. This talkative jackass isn't very nice, but I suppose that in itself presents some humor as he insults people and comes across as knowing more than we do. In this first installment he's guiding Americans through the war against the "Japs" and helps O'Connor become a War Hero. I think I'd have preferred a more "domestic" setting. Oh well, maybe for the rest of the series... ** out of ****


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