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One of my favorite TV shows as a kid and even as an adult was a show called Mr. Ed.
The idea for the show was taken from short stories written by Walter R. Brooks and featured a talking horse. Of course this horse would only talk to his owner, Wilbur Post and since this horse was a bit of a troublemaker quite a few mishaps ensued.
We all know Mr. Ed as a Palomino (His real name was Bamboo Harvester) but how many of us know that the pilot featured a chestnut gelding? And how in the world did he manage to move his lips on cue in the days before computer animation? One story was that they applied peanut butter to his gums and moving his lips was an attempt to remove it. In reality they did it by putting a piece of nylon thread in his mouth—at first. Eventually Ed actually learned to move his lips on the cue of his trainer with no thread at all. Horses are amazingly smart animals!
And what of the voice of Ed? Who brought Mr. Ed’s voice to life? The credits don’t mention anyone but Mr. Ed. The mystery voice actually belonged to a B cowboy movie actor named Rocky Lane…never, ever credited!
Mr. Ed (Bamboo Harvester) reportedly died in 1970 but mystery surrounds his death. Ed has become the equine version of Elvis. Did someone give him a tranquilizer by mistake? Did they euthanize him? Was it really him that died in 1979 or a horse used for still photographs? Have you seen Mr. Ed?
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