Donald O'Connor
Director: Arthur Lubin Cast: Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Connor
, Patricia Medina
Patricia Medina
, ZaSu Pitts
ZaSu Pitts
Arthur Lubin

DVD (Full Frame)

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One wonders if Donald O'Connor would have consented to star in Francis if he knew that a series was to follow. Adapted by David Stern from his own novel, the film stars O'Connor as GI Peter Sterling, who appears to be bucking for a Section 8. Seems that Sterling 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 -- but this is only the beginning, as the future entries in Universal's "Francis" series would prove over and over. Providing able support to the hapless O'Connor are Patricia Medina, Ray Collins, and especially ZaSu Pitts as a bewildered Army nurse. The voice of Francis is provided by Chill Wills, who likewise showed up in most of the "Francis" sequels, and who, like O'Connor, bailed out before the final entry, Francis in a Haunted House (1956).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2012
UPC: 0025192118579
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 49,308

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald O'Connor Peter Stirling
Patricia Medina Maureen Gelder
ZaSu Pitts Valerie Humpert
Ray Collins Col. Hooker
John McIntire Gen. Stevens
Eduard Franz Col. Plepper
Howland Chamberlain Maj. Nadel
James Todd Col. Saunders
Robert Warwick Col. Carimichael
Frank Faylen Sgt. Chillingbacker
Mikel Conrad Maj. Garber
Loren Tindall Maj. Richards
Charles Meredith Banker Munroe
Robert Anderson Capt. Grant
Tony Curtis Capt. Jones
Al Ferguson Capt. Dean
Harold Fong Japanese Soldier
Tim Graham Lt. Bremm
Harry Harvey Correspondent
Jim Hayward Capt. Norman
Judd Holdren 1st Ambulance Man
Marvin Kaplan 1st M.C. Lieutenant
Joseph Kim Japanese Lieutenant
Mickey McCardle Capt. Addison
Roger Moore M.C. Major
Howard Negley Correspondent
Jack Shutta Sgt. Miller
Chill Wills Francis the Talking Mule
Duke York Sgt. Poor
Peter Prouse Correspondent

Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Miton Carruth Editor
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Roland A. Fields Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Irving Glassberg Cinematographer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Corson Jowett Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Les Weldon Screenwriter
Bud Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Francis the Talking Mule
1. In the Banking Business (Main Titles) [3:36]
2. Behind Enemy Lines [5:55]
3. Take It Easy [5:31]
4. Reporting for Duty [3:07]
5. A Beautiful Girl [4:34]
6. Never in Writing [4:27]
7. On a Mission [5:24]
8. Psychological Evaluation [4:10]
9. Lead Patrol [2:35]
10. Engaging the Enemy [3:41]
11. A Special Visitor [8:36]
12. Heaven Help You [4:52]
13. Performed a Great Service [4:19]
14. Obeying Orders [7:10]
15. Perfectly Normal [4:56]
16. Meet the Press [7:04]
17. Have I Got News for You [5:31]
18. Here We Go Again (End Titles) [5:16]

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