Francis in the Haunted House

Francis in the Haunted House

Director: Charles Lamont Cast: Mickey Rooney, Virginia Welles, James Flavin

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Overview

Though both star Donald O'Connor and director Arthur Lubin had said goodbye to the "Francis the Talking Mule" series, Universal-International wasn't about to give up on so valuable a property. Thus, Francis in the Haunted House starred Mickey Rooney, with Charles Barton calling the shots. Likewise missing from the earlier series entries was the voice of Francis, Chill Wills; he is replaced by the ubiquitous Paul Frees, who also narrated the film's promotional trailer. The plot and comic content of Francis in the Haunted House is summed up by the title, as Francis and his new buddy David Prescott (Mickey Rooney) try to corral a gang of art thieves. Along the way, they get mixed up with a phony heiress (Virginia Welles), a series of murders (one of the victims is Richard Deacon!) and, of course, a spooky old house. Most of the "scare" gags in Francis in the Haunted House had been done earlier, and better, by Universal's own Abbott and Costello.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/1995
UPC: 0096898188739
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rooney David Prescott
Virginia Welles Lorna MacLeod
James Flavin Chief Martin
Paul Cavanagh Neil Frazer
Richard Deacon Jason
David Janssen Lt. Hopkins
Ralph Dumke Mayor Hargrove
Richard Gaines D.A. Reynolds
Dick Winslow Sgt. Arnold
Charles Horvath Malcolm
Timothy Carey Hugo
Helen Wallace Mrs. MacPherson
Edward Earle Howard Grisby
John Maxwell Edward Ryan
Glen Kramer Ephraim Biddle
Mary Ellen Kay Lorna Ann
Paul H. Frees Francis the Talking Mule

Technical Credits
Charles Lamont Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Miton Carruth Editor
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Herbert Margolis Screenwriter
Jay A. Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Raynor Screenwriter
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
George Robinson Cinematographer
Herman Stein Score Composer

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