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Francis (1950)






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One wonders if Donald O'Connor would have consented to star in Francis if he knew that a series was to follow. Adapted by David Stern from his own novel, the film stars O'Connor as GI Peter Sterling, who appears to be bucking for a Section Eight. Seems that Sterling keeps insisting that Francis, a cantankerous Army mule, has the power of speech. It turns out that Francis not only can talk, but is also a superb military strategist. With Francis' help, Sterling breaks up a Nazi spy ring and becomes a hero -- but this is only the beginning, as the future entries in Universal's Francis series would prove over and over. Providing able support to the hapless O'Connor are Patricia Medina, Ray Collins, and especially ZaSu Pitts as a bewildered Army nurse. The voice of Francis is provided by Chill Wills, who likewise showed up in most of the Francis sequels, and who, like O'Connor, bailed out before the final entry, Francis in a Haunted House (1956).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Stern, Les Weldon
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On DVD: Jun 1, 2004


Tony Curtis
as Capt. Jones
Donald O'Connor
as Peter Stirling
Patricia Medina
as Maureen Gelder
Ray Collins
as Col. Hooker
Zasu Pitts
as Valerie Humpert
John McIntire
as Gen. Stevens
Eduard Franz
as Col. Plepper
James Todd
as Col. Saunders
Robert Warwick
as Col. Carmichel
Frank Faylen
as Sgt. Chillingbacker
Mikel Conrad
as Maj. Garber
Loren Tindall
as Maj. Richards
Charles Meredith
as Banker Munroe
Judd Holdren
as 1st Ambulance Man
Al Ferguson
as Capt. Dean
Roger Moore
as M.C. Major
Harry Harvey
as Correspondent
Peter Prouse
as Correspondent
Howard Negley
as Correspondent
Duke York
as Sgt. Poor
Joseph Kim
as Japanese Lieutenant
Robert Anderson
as Capt. Grant
Jack Shutta
as Sgt. Miller
Robert Blunt
as 2nd Ambulance Man
Tim Graham
as Lt. Bremm
Jim Hayward
as Capt. Norman
Marvin Kaplan
as 1st M.C. Lieutenant
Chill Wills
as Francis the Talking ...
Harold Fong
as Japanese Soldier
Mickey McCardle
as Capt. Addison
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

With information culled (as near as dammit) from the horse's mouth, raw second lieutenant O'Connor becomes a hero of the Burma campaign and, not unnaturally, a candidate for the funny farm.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

It holds a few good laughs -- especially for mules.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

These goofy comedies made more money than anyone expected and director Lubin went on to create another successful talking equine for television in Mr. Ed.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film is funnier in concept than it is in demonstration, but it has endured over time and is pleasant, repeatable entertainment.

May 12, 2008

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