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Francis Goes to the Races

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Director  Arthur Lubin
Cinematography  Irving Glassberg
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Fantasy
Country  United States
Francis Goes to the Races movie poster

Writer  Robert Arthur, Oscar Brodney
Release date  May 1, 1951 (1951-05-01)
Film series  Francis the Talking Mule film series
Cast  Donald O'Connor (Peter Sterling), Piper Laurie (Frances Travers), Cecil Kellaway (Colonel Travers), Barry Kelley (Roy Square Deal Mallory), Vaughn Taylor (Rogers), Jesse White (Frank Damer)
Similar movies  Babe, Charlotte's Web, Babe: Pig in the City, Fritz the Cat, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Megamind

Francis Goes to the Races is a 1951 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Leonard Goldstein, directed by Arthur Lubin, that stars Donald O'Connor, Piper Laurie, and Cecil Kellaway. The distinctive voice of Francis is a voice-over by actor Chill Wills.


Francis Goes to the Races movie scenes

This is a sequel to Universal-International's Francis.

Francis Goes to the Races Francis Goes to the Races 1951


Francis the Talking Mule and his sidekick Peter Sterling visit Colonel Travers and his granddaughter on their family horse farm. Peter soon finds himself involved in the world of horse racing and a crime boss and his men trying to "fix" races involving the Travers' horses.


  • Donald O'Connor as Peter Stirling
  • Piper Laurie as Frances Travers
  • Cecil Kellaway as Colonel Travers
  • Jesse White as Frank Damer
  • Barry Kelley as 'Square Deal' Mallory
  • Hayden Rorke as Rogers
  • Vaughn Taylor as Harrington
  • Larry Keating as Head Steward
  • Production

    Francis had been a success, and in May 1950 Universal announced they had bought the film rights to David Stern's character Francis. These included rights to his 1948 novel Francis Goes to Washington and to any other Francis books that he may write. Universal could make an unlimited number of film sequels and use the character for TV, radio, and commercials. For these rights Stern was paid a reported $60,000.

    Francis Goes to Washington was meant to be the first sequel. However, the filming of Washington was postponed as there were "too many complications" for the film "to be made as things stand at the present." As a result the film was never made.

    The production of Francis Goes to the Races was then announced in October 1950. Production started November 1950. The film was shot at Santa Anita racecourse. Hill Prince, Coaltown, and Moonrush were among the real life horses who appeared in the film.


    The Washington Post called the film "smooth and cheery".

    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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