Francis the Talking Mule

Francis the Talking Mule

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DVD - 2014
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Francis the talking mule: GI Peter Sterling, who appears to be bucking for a Section Eight, 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.
Francis goes to the races: The loquacious equine and his plucky pal Peter get a job working on a horse-breeder's ranch and end up saving it from financial ruin when Francis, who has the inside track with the racehorses, provides Peter with names of the winners before the races are run.
Francis goes to West Point: Peter Sterling, with the garrulous Francis' help, prevents the destruction of an atomic energy plant. As a reward, Peter is given a scholarship to West Point, where he quickly distinguishes himself as the military academy's biggest foul-up. Peter's future as an officer and a gentleman is saved by the timely arrival of Francis, who functions as the West Point football team's mascot.
Francis covers the big town: former Army officer Peter Stirling becomes a reporter for a big city newspaper. His greatest source of news tips is his talking mule Francis, who has become friendly with all the police horses.
Francis joins the WACS: A clerical mishap places ex-GI Peter back into service, where he is assigned to a WAC unit.
Francis in the Navy: Army lieutenant Peter Sterling heads to a Navy base when it looks like his old pal Francis is about to be auctioned off as surplus. In short order, in a case of mistaken identity, both Sterling and Francis are sent off to sea.
Francis in the haunted house: Francis must help clear the name of his friend, David, who is accused of murder at a mysterious old castle.


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Feb 14, 2018

"Hee-Haw! Hee-Haw! Hee-Haw!"

When it came to the likes of this particular talking mule known as "Francis" - (IMO) - This jackass was a royal pain in the you-know-what.

Voiced by loud, brash actor, Chill Wills - The trouble with Francis was that he never delivered any clever one-liners. No. Never. Not even one.

Instead - His schtick of sneering sarcasm and forever talking down to people never let up. Ever. And I found this business wore real thin, real fast.

Clearly a product of its time - This sort of "talking mule" humour might have delighted movie-goers in its day - But - 60 years later - It totally stank like pure donkey dung to me.

This 3-disc set contains 7 "Francis" movies in all, spanning between the years of 1950-1956.

*Trivia note* - I think it's interesting to note that the donkey used for the male "Francis" character was, in fact, a female.... Hee-Haw!

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