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Francis in the Haunted House (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 9 July 1956 (USA)
Francis the Talking Mule witnesses a murder. He takes a bumbling reporter named David Prescott under his wing and the two of them set out to solve the crime.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Herb Margolis (as Herbert Margolis), William Raynor | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... David Prescott
Virginia Welles ... Lorna MacLeod
James Flavin ... Police Chief Martin
Paul Cavanagh ... Neil Frazer
Mary Ellen Kay ... Lorna Ann
David Janssen ... Police Lieutenant Hopkins
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Mayor Hargrove
Richard Gaines ... D.A. Reynolds
Richard Deacon ... Jason
Dick Winslow ... Sergeant Arnold
Charles Horvath ... Malcolm
Timothy Carey ... Hugo
Helen Wallace ... Mrs. MacPherson
Edward Earle ... Howard Grisby
John Maxwell ... Edward Ryan
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Francis the Talking Mule witnesses a murder. He takes a bumbling reporter named David Prescott under his wing and the two of them set out to solve the crime.

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THE LAFFS ARE SIMPLY KILLING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis Entre Fantasmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This last film in the popular "Francis" series marked two major changes: Mickey Rooney replaced Donald O'Connor and Paul Frees replaced Chill Wills as the voice of Francis. See more »

Connections

Follows Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) See more »

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Not great, but kids will love it
26 August 2010 | by gerdeen-1See all my reviews

Mickey Rooney was the first actor considered to play the human sidekick of Francis the talking mule, but the role went instead to his friend Donald O'Connor. Six years and six mule movies later, O'Connor decided to move on to greener pastures, and workhorse Rooney was brought in to close out the series.

This movie -- without O'Connor and without Chill Wills doing the mule's voice -- gets no respect from critics and die-hard "Francis" fans. Admittedly it's not as funny as the early "Francis" films, but Rooney and Paul Frees (as the voice) give it their all, and the movie is perfect for children.

The fact is that the "Francis" series was running out of steam already. Winding it up with another military comedy would have been the coward's way out. This movie is more like a harbinger of the "Scooby-do" cartoons: Cops and robbers and alleged ghosts in a completely non-threatening environment. No adult content to trouble parents.

Could it be better? Yes. But it fills a certain niche very well.


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