Watch Mister Ed
- 6 Seasons
Mister Ed was a dramatic television show that ran in the 1960's. It centered around a white palomino horse named 'Mister Ed'. The horse, Mister Ed could only speak in English to his owner Wilbur. No one else could hear Mister Ed speak. It was an unusual concept for a television show, even a comedy at that time. The show quickly took off to big ratings and became a part of pop culture of that era. The horse used in the show to play Mister Ed was a retired race horse named Gelding Bamboo Harvestor. The actor, Allan Lane, provided Mister Ed's voice. Interestingly, Lane was fearful of being able to procure other parts in Westerns that he had been regularly featured in. To protect his career at the time, Lane received no credits during the show's tenure. Mister Ed's owner, Wilbur Post was portrayed by actor Alan Young. Mrs. Post was portrayed by seasoned character actress, Connie Hines. The show was based on several short stories named 'The Talking Horse'. Many creative ploys were used by various crew members of the production to simulate Mister Ed speaking. Like putting peanut butter and other food in his gums shortly prior to the camera rolling. Another working horse of the day, 'Pumpkin' served as Mister Ed's stunt double on the show. Pumpkin went on to achieve fame of his own on the television show, 'Green Acres'. Many of the episodes highlighted the fact that Wilbur was a very likable klutz. Mister Ed, often times engaged in mischievous behavior to make Wilbur look even more klutzy. There was an interesting assortment of supporting cast members to lend to the interesting story lines. The Posts and various neighbors were prominently featured on many episodes. Halfway through the series the Addisons were portrayed by actors Larry Keating and Edna Skinner. Another character that was prominently featured throughout the show was neighbor and friend, Paul Fenton. He was played by a very seasoned actor, Jack Albertson. He would go on to later achieve high television fame in the TV show, 'Chico and the Man' playing the man. Legendary actress Mae West appeared as herself in some episodes, as did actor, director, Clint Eastwood.