Talking Horse Mister Ed coming to Hollywood
Rumor has it that Hollywood will be turning one of my favorite childhood television shows into a movie. If you are a horse lover, then you probably remember a talking horse named Mister Ed. He was an outspoken palomino who spoke only to his owner, Wilbur Post.
Mister Ed Rode the Black and White Screen from 1961- 1966
The black and white television show aired between 1961 and 1966 and featured a palomino gelding by the name of Bamboo Harvester. Mister Ed, as he was known to his TV fans, was part American Saddlebred and part Arabian. Before his career in television, Bamboo Harvester could be found in the show ring and on the parade route.
While no director has been announced, the film rights to Mister Ed have been purchased by Studio Fox 2000.
How did Mister Ed talk?
Back in the day, Mister Ed’s co-star, Alan Young, was sworn to secrecy about how they trained Mister Ed to move his lips. Mister Ed’s television producer didn’t want his children viewers to be disappointed that the horse could not really talk. Instead, Young started circulating a rumor that peanut butter was placed in Mister Ed’s mouth to make the talking horse move his lips. In actuality, the horse’s trainer moved his lips with a nylon thread that went through the horse’s mouth. Being a smart horse, Mister Ed learned to move his lips when his equine trainer tapped his hoof. Finally, according to a 2009 interview with Alan Young, the talking horse began to move his lips when Young stopped talking. As one of those impressionable TV viewers, I’m glad I didn’t know the secret behind how Mister Ed moved his lips.
Were you a fan of the television show Mister Ed?