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Adapted by David Stern from his own novel, this film stars Donald O'Connor as GI Peter Sterling. It seems that Sterling insists 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.

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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 Mule
Harold Fong
as Japanese Soldier
Mickey McCardle
as Capt. Addison
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Critic Reviews for Francis

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4)

  • 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.

    May 12, 2008 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It holds a few good laughs -- especially for mules.

    May 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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

Audience Reviews for Francis

  • Sep 29, 2007
    Francis, known as the Brando of the mule set, later went on to head TAAG (talking animal actors guild). His career was ruined, however, when, in 1965, he was caught in a scandalous homosexual tryst with TV legend Mr. Ed.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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