Old Time Entertainment: “Mister Ed”

I mentioned a while ago that I love “My Favorite Husband,” an old time radio show that became the beloved 50’s TV series, “I Love Lucy.” Well, as much as I love radio, there’s one TV show that aired from 1961-1965 that I really enjoy called “Mister Ed.” Though younger than “I Love Lucy,” “Mister Ed” appears to have been filmed earlier because it’s in black and white.

The show is about a man named Wilbur, played by Alan Young, who owns a horse named Mister Ed. Unlike all horses, Mister Ed can speak. It’s implied that Wilbur keeps his horse’s gift of speech a secret, but Mister Ed doesn’t mind voicing his opinion and telling Wilbur when he’s annoyed. Mister Ed only ever talks to Wilbur. Multiple times, talking to Mister Ed has left Wilbur caught in some embarrassing situations, because it looks weird when you talk to a horse. Also, Wilbur’s neighbors, the Addison’s, often wander over to Wilbur’s house while he’s seemingly talking to himself after Mister Ed walks away. Wilbur’s house is set up so Mister Ed’s barn is connected to the house, making him a part of everything Wilbur and his wife, Carol, do and say.

Also, even if you don’t like the show, you’ll be addicted to the catchy theme song:

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk a horse, of course, unless, of course, the horse, of course, is the famous Mister Ed!

Find “Mister Ed” on Hulu, YouTube, or IMBd and see what’s up with the talking horse.


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