While on a mission behind enemy lines in Burma, G.I. Donald O'Connor is rescued by "Francis the Talking Mule" (1949) in the debut entry in the articulate animal's series. Patricia Medina co-stars with Chill Wills supplying Francis' voice; look quickly for Tony Curtis. Then, the ranch where Francis 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). Next, after 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 O'Connor 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). 5 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish.