If the creators of Mister Ed could only have realized just what they were prophesying in this episode, they'd have gotten in on the ground floor of Malpaso films. When Clint Eastwood was just known as the star of Rawhide, in fact at the height of that series run, he made a guest appearance on Mister Ed.
It was a rocky road for Mister Ed and Clint. Clint moves into the neighborhood where the Posts and Addisons are and he's got a horse that Mister Ed doesn't get along with. Ed's campaign to get rid of Eastwood and the horse nearly gets Alan Young a beating.
But later on Eastwood gets a young filly instead and Mister Ed of course now is all in favor of him. By that time though Eastwood has been in the spirit of good neighborliness, inveigled into directing a western sketch of his own creation starring the Mister Ed regulars. We never did see the finished product just the rehearsals with Alan Young, Larry Keating, Connie Hines and Edna Skinner in western attire.
Almost fifty years and two Oscars later for Best Director, can we say that Clint Eastwood's career as a director started with this? An interesting thing to turn over in your mind.
This is a very good episode of a series I really liked back in the day and I'm glad the THIS network has picked up these shows.
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