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Francis the Talking Mule


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Francis the Talking Mule + The Adventures of Francis the Talking Mule, Vol. 1 (Francis the Talking Mule / Francis Goes to the Races / Francis Goes to West Point / Francis Covers the Big Town) + Ma & Pa Kettle Complete Comedy Collection
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Product Details

  • Actors: Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina, Zasu Pitts, Ray Collins, John McIntire
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Writers: David Stern
  • Producers: Robert Arthur
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TTC55E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era

  • Editorial Reviews

    One of the most beloved family films of all time, Francis the Talking Mule stars Donald O’Connor as a bewildered soldier who befriends an old army mule…who happens to talk! Second Lieutenant Peter Stirling (O’Connor) repeatedly finds himself in a mental hospital after he tries to explain to his unbelieving superior officers that a talking animal rescued him from behind enemy lines. When his four-legged friend appears with plans of heroic action, the U.S. Army faces one of its biggest - and most stubborn - challenges.

    Customer Reviews

    It is still a great fun movie today.
    Ron48
    Nice to have movies you don't have to worry what the next word out of their mouth will be or how the behavior might have to be explained!
    Jan326
    Loved these movies as a child and was happy to see now on DVD so my grandkids can also enjoy the talking mule.
    M. Lindsey

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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on October 18, 2000
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    Although these films were made five years apart, the later one is loaded with references to the earlier one, making this a fine double bill. FRANCIS has soldier Donald O'Connor vainly trying to convince his superior officers that he knows a mule that talks. The gimmick is a good one (the director later worked on TV's "Mister Ed"), and it's an enjoyable movie. FRANCIS JOINS THE WACS is even funnier, with O'Connor recalled to duty but in the Women's Army Corps. O'Connor plays the mule's pal more broadly this time, and the script gives him plenty of room for clowning (in one scene O'Connor has to masquerade as a WAC nurse while Francis hilariously heckles everybody). Very well done technically; you'll be amazed at how well the dialogue is fitted to Francis's facial movements. Both films have good supporting casts, especialy Ray Collins and John McIntire in the first film, Lynn Bari and Julia Adams in the second, and Chill Wills and ZaSu Pitts in both. A fun show from Universal.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2004
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    Donald O'Connor was a superior talent -- great dancer (anyone who can keep up with Gene Kelly and make it look easy is almost supernatural!), great actor (is there anyone in the world who doesn't love his smart aleck piano player, Cosmo Brown in Singin' In The Rain?)...and this series proves he was also a great comedien.
    This, the first in the Francis the Talking Mule series, is touching and funny by turns. O'Connor once remarked that he enjoyed this film because it gave him a chance to intermingle a little bit of drama with the comedy. The movie opens with young second lieutenant, Peter Stirling, wounded, terrified, exhausted, and lost deep behind enemy lines in Burma. He's rescued by, of all things, a talking army mule who carries him seven miles to safety and becomes his best friend. Being a talking animal's friend has its advantages and disadvantges. On the plus side, Francis is great at ferreting out enemy positions on the island and making Peter look like a war hero. On the minus side, everyone thinks Peter is insane and he keeps finding himself inside psycho wards. O'Connor really makes you care for his slightly dense, painfully young character, and this first movie in the popular series really makes you want to see "what happens next" as the movie series progresses.
    If I have any criticism at all, it's not the film's fault -- it's a product of its times. The supporting characters are sterotyped and forced, but who cares? Whenever Donald and Francis are on the screen, they make up for everything!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2003
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    I recently introduced by 13 year old granddaughter to the Francis series. They touched a part of her funny bone that had never been reached before -- she went from giggles to belly-laughs. She doesn't understand why none of her friends have heard of them. She noticed after watching the first two movies that the humor wasn't cruel in any way -- it was just plain fun. I was truly amazed when she said -- and I quote: "They just don't make movies like this anymore, do they, Mawmaw?" Invest in the entire set and start a family night tradition. These movies can be enjoyed by ALL ages!!!!!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lolita88 on September 2, 2012
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    Amazon has such great prices on the oldies and still goodies. Francis us a great movie for all ages, I thought about it the other day, so I looked it up on Amazon and sure enough there it was. No cusing no nudit when the kids walk in the room. Just great laugh's and fun. Will be going back to look for more.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Staci L. Wilson on December 28, 2004
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    Peter Stirling (Donald O'Connor) is a former bank clerk turned soldier who finds himself cast in role of reluctant hero when he strikes up a friendship with Francis, an Army mule who can talk (voiced by Chill Wills, and played by a female named Molly). Ala Cyrano de Bergerac, Francis helps Peter to win the girl of his dreams, a shapely nurse named Patricia (Maureen Gelder). Unfortunately, the stubborn mule thinks mum's the word whenever Peter tries to tell others of the critter's gift of gab: This sends Peter to the psych ward more than once, where he becomes an expert basket-weaver. Several sequels kicked the Francis franchise into high gear, making for a memorably fun series of silly and cute family films. Based upon a novel by David Stern.

    Staci Layne Wilson
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beverly authement on February 13, 2014
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    I ordered this DVD because I thought it was the sequel to the first one. It ended up being the same one I already had. A clearer or more detailed summary would be useful for this particular DVD.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mike eddy on January 5, 2014
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    Price was right for this movie. If you like old time movies like Mr. Ed, you will find out that this was the first one produced with a donkey and later came Mr. ed.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Harrison on May 24, 2011
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    The movie was in great condition and our grand children really enjoyed it. It is refreshing to see movies that are wholesome with pleasant surprises.
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