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Mister Ed (TV Series 1958–1966) Poster

(1958–1966)

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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.
In an interview with Alan Young, he said he had dark blonde hair in real life. On black and white film his hair color blended into the color of Mister Ed too much. The makeup man had Connie Hines hairdresser dye his hair dark so he would stand out. After the show ended Alan let his hair go back to its natural color.
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 actually Allan Lane, a former cowboy star.
The character Mr. Ed originated in a series of magazine stories. Not only did the horse talk, he got drunk.
Ed's stunt double Pumpkin was a quarter horse but looked very much like Ed, except for a gold spot in the middle of his white blaze. This spot was covered with white makeup when he worked as Ed's replacement.
Mr. Ed was a golden Palomino.
Mr. Ed could really open the barn door.
Jay Livingston sang the theme tune as a demo, intending to get a professional singer to re-do it, but the producers liked his vocals, and kept Livingston's version in the show.
This was one of the few TV series to start in syndication, then be picked up by a major network.
Alan Young refused to have the show named after him; he didn't want to take the fall if it bombed. Hence the name, Mr. Ed.
Both Arthur Lubin, Mister Ed's producer and most frequent director, and series co-star Larry Keating, had previously been involved in another franchise starring a talking equine, the Francis the Talking Mule film series. Keating appeared in Francis Goes to the Races (1951); Lubin directed this and five other Francis films.

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Larry Keating (Roger Addison) died during the third season, and was replaced by Leon Ames (Col. Gordon Kirkwood).
"Mister Ed" was produced, initially, by George Burns McCadden Productions. Burns later said that he hired Alan Young for the part of Wilbur Post because he "just seemed like the sort of guy a horse would talk to."
The original sponsor was Studebaker Corp., which supplied the cars and trucks for the show.
CBS refused to put the production on their network in its initial premiere in 1960, so the Studebaker Company purchased Mr. Ed and put it into syndication. It was an instant hit, and CBS bought it a year later.
Mr. Ed really could answer the telephone. He just couldn't talk.
Mr. Ed only talked to Wilbur because (in his judgment) he was the only person worth talking to.
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The house used on the series was the childhood home of singer Katy Rose many years after the show ended.
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The horse that played Mr. Ed is said to have died in 1979 at the age of 30, 33 or 34 (depending on the source). Other, equally reputable, sources give the horse's date of death as 1968, 1973 and 1974.
Long after the show had ceased production but was still being seen in syndicated reruns, a fundamentalist religious group in Ohio claimed that the show's famous theme song was "satanic".
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Wilbur was an air force veteran, and served with Colonel Kirkwood (Leon Ames).
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AP News item, 4/22/63: Television's talking horse Mister Ed and Walt Disney's canine film star Big Red won Patsy awards as top animal performers of 1962. The awards were presented Saturday by the American Humane Society.
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The lyrics to the famous theme song ("A horse is a horse, of course, of course ...") played over the opening and closing credits were introduced in episode 8 of the first season. The first seven episodes used only an instrumental version of the song.
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Wilbur Post got his education at UCLA where he studied architecture.
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The Mr. Ed theme song was originally recorded in Italy and sung by an opera singer.
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Alan Young reportedly owned a piece of the show. The syndication and network runs made him very wealthy.
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In one episode, Alan Young played a duel role of Wilbur and Wilbur's father, Angus Post. Angus was Alan Young's real given name.
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According to Snopes.com (Lost Legends - Horse of a Different Color) the animal appearing as a horse was actually a trained female Grevy's zebra called "Amelia." The horse that was originally chosen to be "Mr. Ed" was stubborn and refused to perform on cue. Amelia was a trained animal from the nearby Jungleland animal park in Thousand Oaks, California. Since the series was filmed in black and white, the viewing audience couldn't tell the difference. Zebras are smaller than horses, so the set used for Mister Ed's stable was constructed using forced perspective to make the zebra appear larger. This also helped to hide the fact that Alan Young, the series' star, was only 5'4" tall. Since the gait of a zebra and a horse are considerably different, when Mr. Ed was shown walking or running, usually in a long shot, the horse was used.
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Mr. Ed was a HORSE, not a Zebra. The Snopes article saying he was a zebra is in their The Lost Legends section which is a joke section "confirming" the really odd or silly stories out there, such as Mr. Ed being a zebra. As Snopes said: We created The Repository of Lost Legends (TRoLL for short) for those of you who don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.
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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.
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