The ranch where Francis the talking mule (voiced by Chill Wills) resides is in trouble, so the loquacious creature goes to work, helping a race horse get its confidence back in “Francis Goes to the Races” (1951). With Donald O'Connor, Piper Laurie.
Next, after Pete (O'Connor) is given an appointment to a military academy, he brings along his four-legged pal in “Francis Goes to West Point” (1952).
And, when Pete sets his sights on becoming a reporter, it's up to his big-eared buddy to come up with some hot scoops in “Francis Covers the Big Town” (1953).
Francis tags along when pal Pete gets pressed back into service, and has a horselaugh when he's erroneously assigned to an all-women's base, in “Francis Joins the WACS” (1954). Julia Adams, Mamie Van Doren co-star.
Peter (O'Connor) has to set sail for Coronado when Francis is about to be sold as surplus in “Francis in the Navy” (1955). Martha Hyer, Jim Backus co-star.
In the final series entry, Francis gets a new human sidekick (Mickey Rooney), a new voice (Paul Frees), and some spooky murders to solve, in “Francis in the Haunted House” (1956). Virginia Welles, David Janssen co-star.
10 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.