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Francis (1950)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Peter Stirling
... Maureen Gelder
... Nurse Valerie Humpert
... Col. Hooker
... Gen. Stevens (as John McIntyre)
... Col. Plepper
Howland Chamberlain ... Maj. Nadel
James Todd ... Col. Saunders
... Col. Carmichael
... Sgt. Chillingbacker
... Capt. Jones (as Anthony Curtis)
... Maj. Garber
... Maj. Richards
... Banker Munroe
... Francis (as Francis)
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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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8 February 1950 (USA)  »

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Francis the Talking Mule  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Molly receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

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Francis the Talking Mule: I hope to kiss a duck I can talk!
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The hand of Peter Stirling open the pages of the novel revealing the credits of the film. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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Francis is a good beginning for the series involving a talking mule
2 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

After years of only reading about this series, I finally watched the first entry starring Donald O'Connor with Chill Wills as the voice of the talking mule known as Francis. Donald tells his banker boss about his World War II exploits as the film flashes back to when he was a second lieutenant in the army. So he encounters Francis and when he tells his superiors how he got certain info, that's when the fun starts. I was quite guffawing at many of the scenes and lines even though the DVD I saw this on has some scenes skipping. (Thank goodness one of them wasn't the brief shot of Tony Curtis in one of his earliest appearances especially since I just watched his future wife, Janet Leigh, in Words and Music!) So on that note, I recommend Francis. P.S. Since I always like to cite when someone from my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-is in something else, here it's Frank Faylen as a soldier who spits a lot!


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