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Francis Covers the Big Town (1953)

A man who has a talking mule gets a job on a newspaper, and both get mixed up in a murder trial.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (original story and screenplay), David Stern (characters)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Peter Stirling
Yvette Duguay ... Maria Scola
Gene Lockhart ... Tom Henderson
Nancy Guild ... Alberta Ames
William Harrigan ... Deputy Chief Inspector Hansen
Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti ... Salvatore Scola
Lowell Gilmore ... Jefferson 'JG' Garnet
Larry Gates ... Dan Austin
Hanley Stafford Hanley Stafford ... Dr. Goodrich
Gale Gordon ... Dist. Atty. Evans
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Judge Stanley
Molly ... Francis The Talking Mule (as Francis the Talking Mule)
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Storyline

U.S. Army veteran Peter Stirling and his friend, Francis the talking Mule (who was not a donkey), arrive in New York City, where Peter has ambitions to become a big-time newspaper reporter, but can only get a job as a copy boy. Francis, the talking MULE (and not a donkey), though is boarding at the stables where the horses of the city's mounted police are kept, and mounted-police horses are known for being gossips, so Francis gets lots of inside information regarding local crime activity, passes it on to Peter, and Peter is soon leading the town in big-time scoops. This pleases his city-editor to no end, but the local gangsters are not amused. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis Detective See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Donald O'Connor's fourth of six "Francis" movies. See more »

Goofs

When Francis is peeping around the corner, watching Peter get home from the movies. You can see the thread going to his mouth, that they use to make him move his lips. See more »

Connections

Follows Francis Goes to West Point (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculì, Funiculà
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
Music by composer Luigi Denza
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Francis Covers the Big Town was another enjoyable entry in Francis, the Talking Mule series
10 August 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is the fourth of the Francis, the Talking Mule series entries. This time, Peter Stirling is in New York, working up to be a reporter for the newspaper there. At first, he's able to avoid revealing his source because writers of paper articles are supposed to be sworn to secrecy but one knows that won't last for long. It's also a matter of time before Francis (voiced once again by Chill Wills) reveals he vocabulary to anyone other than Donald O'Connor. This time he has two women to pick from: Yvette Duguay and Nancy Guild. One's cynical and sophisticated and one's more girl-next-door who also happens to be Italian (at least as a character in the movie). Guess which one wins? Anyway, this was another pretty enjoyable entry whenever Francis talks and when Peter tries explaining himself and not much else other than that. This will be my last review of the series even though three more eps were made since the DVD I saw this one only had the first four entries. Maybe someday...Actually, I may review Francis in the Navy which is on YouTube as of this moment...


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