I haven’t been able to learn what movie Charley Chase is promoting in the still above, but he certainly seems well attuned to the comic potential of the mule. It’s Mule Appreciation Day and we thought we observe the occasion by doing what we have done for lions and Elephants and dogs and birds and will surely do for other beasts: create a post that bundles together all of our relevant posts about them. Yes, believe it or not, we’ve done a few posts about mules, and we’ll likely do more. I come from a family that owned them and used them for beasts of burden ’til the mid 20th century. As a consequence I have great affection for them, though I wouldn’t want to live with one. If you’re so inclined, please check out these mule posts:
On the Francis the Talking Mule Films
An Exploration of the Song “Mule Skinner Blues”
The 1976 Disney Comedy Gus (scroll down)
Grace McDaniels, The Mule Faced Woman
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