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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, Maureen, 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Molly receives an "introducing" credit. 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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Soundtracks

My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Chill Wills
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A horse is a horse of course, but Francis is more than a mule...
28 September 2003 | by swedensmSee all my reviews

I remember watching this movie as a young child, and it is one of my sweetest memories. I used to rush to eat my dinner (or not eat at all) so I could sit in front of the television for the Sunday Matinée, which always played family movies. The Francis series is one of my favorites.

Who could resist a talking mule (particularly with that squeaky-gate voice supplied by veteran actor Chill Wills) or the innocent face of Donald O'Connor as they're coming to take him away one more time (for insisting that the mule could speak)? Not this child.

One of the best all-time children's series of the post WW2 era -- one I would share with any child -- or anyone who is a child at heart.


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