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Director  Arthur Lubin
Costume design  Rosemary Odell
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Language  English
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Release date  June 17, 1953 (1953-06-17)
Writer  Oscar Brodney (original story and screenplay), David Stern (characters)
Film series  Francis the Talking Mule film series
Cast  Donald O'Connor (Peter Stirling), Yvette Duguay (Maria Scola), Gene Lockhart (Tom Henderson)
Similar movies  Francis the Talking Mule movies, Related Arthur Lubin movies

Francis Covers the Big Town is a 1953 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Leonard Goldstein, directed by Arthur Lubin, that stars Donald O'Connor, Yvette Duguay, and Gene Lockhart. The distinctive voice of Francis is a voice-over by actor Chill Wills.


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This is the fourth film in Universal-International's Francis the Talking Mule series continuing the misadventures Peter Stirling and his friend Francis.

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Peter lands a job at a big New York City newspaper and while on assignment gets framed for a murder.


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  • Donald O'Connor as Peter Stirling
  • Yvette Duguay as Maria Scola
  • Gene Lockhart as Tom Henderson
  • Nancy Guild as Alberta Ames
  • William Harrigan as Deputy Chief Inspector Hansen
  • Silvio Minciotti as Salvatore Scola
  • Lowell Gilmore as Jefferson Garnet
  • Larry Gates as Dan Austin
  • Hanley Stafford as Dr. Goodrich
  • Gale Gordon as District Attorney Evans
  • Forrest Lewis as Judge Stanley
  • John Qualen as Defense Attorney Cavendish
  • Production

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    Production of the film was announced in July 1951 and was to be the third in the Francis series.

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    Oscar Brodney was assigned to write the script. David Stern reportedly also worked on the script.

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    Filming started in August 1951 and involved ten days location shooting in New York.

    Francis was flown to New York and back on a cargo plane, which cost $700 plus airfares for his trainer and two handlers.

    At one stage of production, the film was going to be known as Francis, Racket Buster.

    Director Arthur Lubin complained during filming that he was becoming typecast as an animal director. He hoped to make The Interruption from a suspense story by W. W. Mason "just to remind producers that I can direct people too."

    Video releases

    The original film, Francis (1950), was released in 1978 as one of the first-ever titles in the new LaserDisc format, DiscoVision Catalog #22-003. It was then re-issued on LaserDisc in May 1994 by MCA/Universal Home Video (Catalog #: 42024) as part of an Encore Edition Double Feature with Francis Goes to the Races (1951).

    The first two Francis films were released again in 2004 by Universal Pictures on Region 1 and Region 4 DVD, along with the next two in the series, as The Adventures of Francis the Talking Mule Vol. 1. Several years later, Universal released all 7 Francis films as a set on three Region 1 and Region 4 DVDs, Francis The Talking Mule: The Complete Collection.


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