I can’t believe that this franchise has seven films under its belt. Francis: The Talking Mule originated in the 1946 novel Francis by former U.S. Army Captain David Stern III, son of newspaper publisher J. David Stern. Now you can have the seven-film collection on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. The sixth movie of the series features Clint Eastwood’s first credited role.
FRANCIS (1950) – When Army officer Peter Stirling (Donald O’Connor) tries to explain that a talking mule (Chill Wills) rescued him from behind enemy lines, unbelieving superiors take him for a crackpot. Meanwhile, Francis shows up with new plans for heroic action. Co-starring Patricia Medina, ZaSu Pitts and Tony Curtis.
FRANCIS GOES TO THE RACES (1951) – Francis (Wills) and his sidekick Peter (O’Connor) visit Colonel Travers and his beautiful granddaughter on their family horse ranch. When an unpaid debt threatens the ranch, Francis calls on his equine friends at the racetrack to come up with the money. Co-starring Piper Laurie, Cecil Kellaway and Jesse White.
FRANCIS GOES TO WEST POINT (1952) – Peter (O’Connor) wins acceptance into West Point but loses daily to drills, hazings and forbidden romances. It all calls for the aid of his long-eared friend (Wills), who’s there for him and for the Army football team. Co-starring Lori Nelson, Alice Kelley and David Janssen.
FRANCIS COVERS THE BIG TOWN (1953) – When Peter (O’Connor) enters the fast-paced New York newspaper world and tangles with gangsters, things lead to murder—and a howlingly funny attempt by Francis (Wills) to save his human pal. Co-starring Yvette Duguay, Gene Lockhart and Nancy Guild.
FRANCIS JOINS THE WACS (1954) – A clerical mishap sends Peter (O’Connor) into the Women’s Army Corps. His hoofed companion (Wills) helps him through his various military and personal problems, including several stays in the base’s psychiatric ward. Co-starring Julie Adams, Mamie Van Doren and ZaSu Pitts.
FRANCIS IN THE NAVY (1955) – It’s anchors aweigh as Peter (O’Connor) gets mistaken for his Navy lookalike, ladies’ man Slicker Donevan (also O’Connor). His military misadventures with Francis (Wills) continue at sea. Featuring Clint Eastwood in his first credited film role and co-stars Martha Hyer, Jim Backus and David Janssen.
FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1956) – Mickey Rooney and Paul Frees take the reins as hapless David Prescott and wise-cracking Francis. When David gets mixed up with a gang of crooks looting paintings from a ghoul-infested castle, he needs his quadruped savior. Co-starring Virginia Welles, Paul Cavanagh and David Janssen. Arthur Lubin (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) directed the first 6 films in the series starring O’Connor and Charles Lamont (Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man) directed the final film in the series starring Rooney.
-Brand New 2K Masters
-NEW Audio Commentary for FRANCIS by Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin
-NEW Audio Commentary for FRANCIS JOINS THE WACS by Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Journalist/Author Staci Layne Wilson
-Audio Commentary for FRANCIS IN THE NAVY by Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Historian Paul Anthony Nelson
-NEW Audio Commentaries for FRANCIS GOES TO THE RACES and FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Film Historian Eddy Von Mueller
-NEW Audio Commentary for FRANCIS GOES TO WEST POINT by Film Historian Toby Roan
-NEW Audio Commentary for FRANCIS COVERS THE BIG TOWN by Film Historian Stephen Vagg
-Theatrical Trailers for FRANCIS GOES TO THE RACES, FRANCIS GOES TO WEST POINT, FRANCIS JOINS THE WACS, FRANCIS IN THE NAVY and FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE (All Newly Mastered)
-Optional English Subtitles