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

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis all'accademia See more »

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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

Follows Francis (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

The Washington Post
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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Naive and charmingly dumb
10 February 2004 | by jimhassSee all my reviews

I have to admit, this film has nothing much to recommend it except for the fact that it was among the very first movies I ever saw. I believe it was in the Fox Theater in New Orleans, off Elysee Blvd. way, way back there. I know I was young enough to be mightily impressed at how on earth they got a mule to talk! I'm still not sure.

Anyway, Donald O'Connor is one of the more underrated musical comedy guys from back then, and the show as a whole is pleasantly sawdust-brained. It's part of my education in films, and I love it just for that.


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