Pic of the Day: “Francis in the Haunted House” revisited

Today’s pic revisits Francis in the Haunted House (1956), starring Mickey Rooney as the put-upon sidekick to the famous talking mule. Timothy, in the “Igor” role as Hugo, silent, lumbering minion of the castle, is showing a gaggle of not-too-bright cops – including Dick Winslow, James Flavin and David Janssen – the door.

Francis in the Haunted House

My goodness, Hugo – is that the key to the dungeon in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Rooney admitted in his autobiography that he remembers nothing about the making of this film. How could he forget being carried around by Tim? Romeo Carey told me that his father’s role in this film was the springboard for the very first “Timothy Carey Fan Club”!