With the recent death of Connie Hines it reminded me of Mr. Ed the talking horse. The horse would only talk to Wilbur Post the owner who was portrayed by Alan Young while his wife Carol Post was played by Connie Hines.
Mr. Ed would leave Wilbur in many comical situations since the others on the program couldn’t hear what Mr. Ed was saying.
It was a nonsensical comedy that may not go down in television history as one the greatest shows but it was still an entertaining show that made for good family entertainment.
Went From Syndication to the Network
Most television shows play on network television first but Mr. Ed was unique in that it was syndicated before starting its run on CBS. It was on the air from January 5, 1961 till February 6, 1966.
Young who was born in England was 42 when the show first aired and is now 90 years old. His co-star Hines passed away on December 18 at the age of 78. According to Wikipedia her main contribution to the show was to say “Lunch is ready”.
Real Name Was Bamboo Harvester
Mr. Ed’s real name was Bamboo Harvester a gelding and died in 1970 four years after the last episode aired. Pumpkin was a quarter horse who was Mr. Ed’s stunt double.
It is heartwarming to know that Young visited Mr. Ed after the series ended and he relates that Mr. Ed died from a tranquilizer that wasn’t necessary when Mr. Ed was struggling to get up which was common for Mr. Ed but his trainer was out of town and a caregiver thinking Mr. Ed was in distress gave the tranquilizer and Mr. Ed died a few hours later.
Mr. Ed needed assistance moving his lips the first season but later intuitively knew when it was time for him to speak. One time Young and trainer were with Mr. Ed and noticed that the horse was moving his lips whenever Young and the trainer stopped talking like he was trained to do for the show.