Mr. Ed

TV classics: Mr. Ed

USA 1958-66, 6 seasons,  143 episodes, approximately 30 minutes each, Syndication and CBS, black & white. Cast: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Bamboo Harvester, Allan Lane, Larry Keating, Edna Skinner, Leon Ames, Florence MacMichael, Jack Albertson, Barry Kelley

Plot summary: Wilbur Post owns a talking horse. The question is: who gets deeper into trouble each week, Mr. Ed or his human master?!

Review: Based on short stories by Walter R. Brooks from the 1930s, Mr. Ed entered American living rooms in syndication before he conquered CBS in the fall of 1961. As a talking horse who only speaks to his owner, Wilbur Post, he easily won the hearts of a family audience who appreciated the comedic talents of the show’s main cast, Alan Young, Connie Hines and Bamboo Harvester as Mr. Ed. Clumsy Wilbur Post and his wife Carol often enjoyed the company of a supporting cast and occasional guest stars such as Mae West or Clint Eastwood who always boosted the show’s basic plotline.

Rerun on Nick at Nite in the 1980s and 90s, the show is still diverting and easygoing today. While contemporary interpretation may suggest that Wilbur was a mad man who imagined he had a talking horse, Mr. Ed keeps offering 143 funny episodes presented by a decent cast and a horse that was a kids’ favorite back in the days. It is a program that brings back memories for those who grew up wishing they had a pet as cool as Ed, a program that will tickle your children’s imagination and amuse you no matter when you were born.

Available on DVD and Hulu. Mr. Ed sample episode with Mae West

Animal Film Stars

Some of them already existed in books before they made us fall in love with them on screen. Others were turned into a franchise, creating a longing to have a pet out of the ordinary: a dolphin, 101 Dalmatians or a talking horse. I’m talking about animal film stars of course!

When I look back, I fondly remember Lassie, Black Beauty, Fury and Flipper. They all starred in their own shows and movies. So did Mr. Ed. Rin Tin Tin may still be the most famous one of them all, at least when it comes to vintage gems, as well as all the darling characters Disney has created or adapted over the years. On the animation side, who doesn’t remember The Lady and the Tramp or Bambi whose story probably broke every kid’s heart. And then there’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie along with Donald Duck and Daisy, as well as Bugs Bunny or Sylvester and Tweety.

Animal film stars have long come in all shapes and sizes. They have been humanized and enriched our lives by being our best friends and companions, teaching us lessons about relationships and nature. They have also been an animated mirror to our human condition. And their popularity has not really ceased from Rin Tin Tin‘s first appearance almost a hundred years ago to Boomer and Hart to Hart‘s Freeway in the 80s, to Free Willy in the 90s and Bolt today.

Animals still open our hearts on screen, make us cry and create that wish deep inside to adopt them. Animals, like children, also still steal the show and outshine the most decent of actors. And like none of their human colleagues they make us laugh about the silliest things.

Vintage Christmas

So this is it, only one day left till Christmas Eve.  Let’s doll up and spend the holidays with some of those joyful classics. Have yourself a charming vintage Christmas. And bless y’all!

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