Mr. Ed Still In Reruns 52 Years Later

Mr. Ed the talking horse shown with owner Wilbur Post who was portrayed by Alan Young.

 

Mr. Ed a comedy series about a talking horse debuted in January of 1958. The owner of the horse in this show was Wilbur Pope, while Alan Young would portray Wilbur Post, when the show became a regular show on the CBS television network.

Mr. Ed was originally named Bamboo Harvester, after being born in El Monte, California 64 years ago in 1949. His name was changed to Mr. Ed after appearing on the show.

Imdb.com says that Mr. Ed died in 1979 at the age of 30,33 or 34, but other sources say that Mr. Ed died in 1968, 1973 or 1974, so in other words nobody seems to really know the date of his death.

Larry Keating, who portrayed Roger Addison the next door neighbor died in the third season and was replaced by Leon Ames of Topper fame and portrayed Col. Gordon Kirkwood.

Katy Rose a singer grew up in the home Mr. Ed lived in many years after the show ended.

The show was owned by George Burns McCadden Production and Burns chose Alan Young to play Wilbur Post, since he seemed like the kind of guy a horse would talk to.

Mr. Ed was a golden Palomino who would only respond to his trainer Les Hilton, since Mr. Ed would not respond to his co-stars.

His daily diet consisted of 20 pounds of hay and a gallon of sweet tea to wash it down. If he got tired Mr. Ed would simply walk off the set. Anyone else would get fired for such insubordination, but not Mr. Ed who was the real star of the show.

Allan “Rocky Lane” a cowboy star was the voice of Mr. Ed.
Alan Young and Connie Hines with Mr. Ed in the background.

 

 

Alan Young who portrayed Wilbur Post and Connie Hines who played his wife Carol Post on Mr. Ed shown a few years later.

 

Mr. Ed was the kind of show that was entertaining, without being controversial. It may have been silly nonsense, but who cared if the viewers enjoyed it. I still record it off the Hallmark Channel, then watch the shows later so I can zip past the commercials.

This is typical of the dialogue heard on the show:

Wilbur Post: [after Ed finds a straw hat] What are you going to do with a straw hat?

Mister Ed: I’ll wear it till it goes out of style. Then I’ll eat it!

Alan Young was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England on November 19, 1919. He was heard in the old-time radio show on the Alan Young Show. I recently heard one of the shows for the first time and the show was surprisingly good, since the show is not mentioned much in old-time radio circles. The show kept me entertained from beginning to end.

Young later would be the voice of Scrooge McDuck on the Duck Tales series.

Alan Young is now 93 and lives in Laguna Niguel, California.

Connie Hines who played Carol Post was born in Dedham, Massachusetts on March 24, 1931 and  was seen in the Whirlybirds series for those of us who go that far back.

Hines only acted three more times after Mr. Ed ended, with appearance in one episode each of Bonanza, Love American Style and her last appearance in Mod Squad in 1971. She didn’t appear on TV or in the movies the last 38 years of her life.

She died due to a heart condition on December 18, 2009 at the age of 78.

Mr. Ed may have left the air in 1966, but is still in reruns 52 years later. Mr. Ed was and still remains one of my favorite shows. The interaction between Mr. Ed and his owner Wilbur Post is the highlight of the shows.

This is one of the few remaining shows on television, that you can watch with no bad language and no double entendre jokes, that are so prevalent today on the situation comedies of today. Shows like Mr. Ed, Andy Griffith, Father Knows Best are a refuge, from the shows being shown on the networks today. Some of the older shows, that were so entertaining are seldom seen on television today. I haven’t seen an episode of Amos and Andy, Ozzie and Harriet, Red Skelton Show, Life of Riley and others for years and years. Those reruns are not being shown for some reason. There may be stations or networks telecasting some or all of those shows, but if they are I am not aware of it.

Thanks Mr. Ed for still being around to bring back the memories of years gone by.

 

 

Classic Television: Mr. Ed.

The late Connie Hines pictured with Alan Young and Mr. Ed.

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.

Alan Young and Connie Hines shown in an appearance in 2003 thirty seven years after the last Mr. Ed episode had been shown on CBS in 1966 and was later shown on TVLand and the Nick-at-Nite cable channels for several years.