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Francis Goes to West Point (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | July 1952 (USA)
Francis the talking mule gets his owner in and out of trouble while he is taking basic training at West Point.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Oscar Brodney, Dorothy Reid (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Peter Stirling
Lori Nelson ... Barbara Atwood
Alice Kelley Alice Kelley ... Cynthia Daniels
Gregg Palmer ... William Norton (as Palmer Lee)
William Reynolds ... Wilbur Van Allen
Les Tremayne ... Col. Daniels
Otto Hulett ... Chadwick - Football Coach
David Janssen ... Cpl. Thomas (as Dave Janssen)
James Best ... Cpl. Ransom
Molly ... Francis (as Francis the Talking Mule)
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Storyline

Francis the talking mule gets his owner in and out of trouble while he is taking basic training at West Point.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

That Talking Mule Is Back and the Army's got him Again!

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis all'accademia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In one scene when Donald O'Connor finishes talking with Francis in the barn and leaves, Chill Wills is clearly seen standing behind the paddock. He's wearing a cowboy hat and ducks down after he realizes he's on camera. Actually, if you freeze frame that part of the scene, the person ducking out of camera range is clearly not Chill Wills; it's actually Francis'(Who's real name is Molly) trainer Lester L. Hilton. See more »

Quotes

Coach Chadwick: Francis is a good friend of Sterling's and mine, and he's been helping me with the backfield.
William Norton: Helping you?
Coach Chadwick: Well, he's not the first jackass to try to tell me how to run the team.
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Connections

Followed by Francis in the Navy (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

You're in the Army Now
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
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Passable entry of the Francis series
10 June 2006 | by szekeong123See all my reviews

It lacks the warmth found in the original film, but it is certainly funnier and has a better storyline than the second installment. Some audiences may be put off by the military setting considering that this film is supposed to be a light family film, but it does add some tensions to the story.

Francis the Mule is not quite the center of attention (It is as though the film should be called "Peter Goes to West Point"), but his role is much more involved here than it was in the second film. In fact, the film shift the attention away from Peter Stirling to Francis towards the end of the film.

On the whole, this film is worth your time whether or not you are a fan of the series.


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