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Francis Goes to the Races (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 1 May 1951 (USA)
The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

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Robert Arthur (story), Oscar Brodney (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Peter Stirling
Piper Laurie ... Frances Travers
Cecil Kellaway ... Colonel Travers
Jesse White ... Frank Damer
Barry Kelley ... Roy Square Deal Mallory
Hayden Rorke ... Rogers
Vaughn Taylor ... Chief Inspector Carrington
Larry Keating ... Head Steward
Molly ... Francis The Talking Mule (as Francis the Talking Mule)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Meredith ... Banker Munroe (archive footage)
Sammy Shack Sammy Shack ... Vendor (scenes deleted)
Bernard Szold Bernard Szold ... Proprietor (scenes deleted)
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The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis nas Corridas See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Donald O'Connor's second of six "Francis" movies. See more »

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Followed by Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) See more »

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La Cucaracha
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Traditional
Performed by Chill Wills
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Francis Goes to the Races (1951) **
5 July 2004 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Hee-Yawwwwn, Hee-Yawwwwn...

This one was even more ordinary than the first. Having grown up with TV's "MR. ED" I really thought I would have appreciated this movie series a lot more than I am. The dialogue for the talking mule is not nearly as funny as it should have been, and Francis is kept to the sidelines way too much in this entry. I mean, when you're watching a series like this one, you're looking for the babbling jackass to entertain you throughout it. What other reason could there be for watching? And while it's mildly amusing to hear a mule berate his master (the well-cast Donald O'Connor) I still think it couldn't have hurt for the writing department to fashion a likable personality for this animal, too. ** out of ****


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