Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that was all about a talking horse who when was tired used to just walk of set – Mister Ed

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Opening Sequence / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

The misadventures of a wisecracking talking horse and his human owner. –IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

6 seasons

Characters:

Mister Ed – Himself

Alan Young – Wilbour Post

Connie Hines – Carol Post

Edna Skinner – Kay Addison

Larry Keating – Roger Addison

Trivia

  • When Mr. Ed was tired of working, he’d just walk off the set.
  • Mr. Ed’s daily diet was twenty pounds of hay, washed down with a gallon of sweet tea.
  • The horse wouldn’t respond to any of his co-stars, just his trainer, Les Hilton. This meant that Hilton had to be on the set at all times, calling out commands or giving them with hand signals.
  • Mr. Ed’s voice was a closely guarded secret, but it was Allan Lane, a former cowboy star.
  • Mr. Ed originated in a series of magazine stories. Not only did the horse talk, he got drunk.
  • Mr. Ed was a golden Palomino.
  • Mr. Ed only talked to Wilbur because (in his judgment) he was the only person worth talking to.
  • Mr. Ed really could answer the telephone. He just couldn’t talk
  • Mr. Ed could really open the barn door
  • Alan Young and Mr. Ed were friends off the set even after the show wrapped, with Young regularly visiting trainer Lester Hilton’s ranch to ride Mr. Ed

Classic Clips

Mr Ed Sings

The Empty Feed Bag Blues