Francis in the Haunted House (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes

Francis in the Haunted House (1956)

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Though both star Donald O'Connor and director Arthur Lubin had said goodbye to the "Francis the Talking Mule" series, Universal-International wasn't about to give up on so valuable a property. Thus, Francis in the Haunted House starred Mickey Rooney, with Charles Barton calling the shots. Likewise missing from the earlier series entries was the voice of Francis, Chill Wills; he is replaced by the ubiquitous Paul Frees, who also narrated the film's promotional trailer. The plot and comic content of Francis in the Haunted House is summed up by the title, as Francis and his new buddy David Prescott (Mickey Rooney) try to corral a gang of art thieves. Along the way, they get mixed up with a phony heiress (Virginia Welles), a series of murders (one of the victims is Richard Deacon!) and, of course, a spooky old house. Most of the "scare" gags in Francis in the Haunted House had been done earlier, and better, by Universal's own Abbott and Costello.

Cast

Mickey Rooney
as David Prescott
Virginia Welles
as Lorna MacLeod
David Janssen
as Lt. Hopkins
Paul Cavanagh
as Neil Frazer
James Flavin
as Chief Martin
Mary Ellen Kay
as Lorna Ann
Ralph Dumke
as Mayor Hargrove
Richard Gaines
as Dist. Atty. Reynold
Dick Winslow
as Sgt. Arnold
Helen Wallace
as Mrs. MacPherson
Edward Earle
as Howard Grisby
John Maxwell
as Edward Ryan
Glen Kramer
as Ephraim Biddle
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