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Francis Goes to the Races (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 1 May 1951 (USA)
The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Robert Arthur (story), Oscar Brodney (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Peter Stirling
Piper Laurie ... Frances Travers
Cecil Kellaway ... Colonel Travers
Jesse White ... Frank Damer
Barry Kelley ... Roy Square Deal Mallory
Hayden Rorke ... Rogers
Vaughn Taylor ... Chief Inspector Carrington
Larry Keating ... Head Steward
Molly ... Francis The Talking Mule (as Francis the Talking Mule)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Meredith ... Banker Munroe (archive footage)
Sammy Shack Sammy Shack ... Vendor (scenes deleted)
Bernard Szold Bernard Szold ... Proprietor (scenes deleted)
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The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Trivia

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

First Call
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Performed before horse race. Traditional bugle call.]
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Francis the Franchise never hurt, I guess
25 November 2019 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

This film begins with a short sequence in which "Pete's" boss faints upon hearing "Francis" talk and Pete says, "Here we go again," after which the opening credits roll. During the fifties, for children, grandmas & great aunts, the Francis ¨franc(h)ise¨ used to be rather fun. Anyone who watched those movies was aware that before long Pete (Donald O'Connor) got himself in trouble and before long it was Francis the Talking Mule who bailed him out. It was essential to understand the science behind the movie's premise: mules can talk to horses. You also learned that Francis' great aunt was a Derby winner. More recently, film buffs have learned that Francis' real name was Molly, and she was trained for all the Francis films by Les Hilton, who went on to train the horse who played "Mr. Ed" in the 1960's television series of same name.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis nas Corridas See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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