A horse is a horse: Mister Ed theme song & lyrics (1961-1966)

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The Famous Mister Ed - Talking horse TV show

The Famous Mister Ed - Talking horse TV show

Mister Ed’s Alan Young: “The type of fellow that a horse would talk to” (1961)

The idea for “Mister Ed” was conceived a couple of years ago by director Arthur Lubin, who did the six “Francis the Mule” movies, and producer Al Simon.

In the television show, Alan Young plays an architect (Wilbur) who, with his wife (Connie Hines), moves into the country. The previous owner of the house and barn has left Ed, the horse, behind.

The horse talks only to Alan, and of course, this leaves him trying to explain all sorts of odd things to his wife and acquaintances.

“Ed is really a character,” says Alan. “He answers the phone when I’m not around, and gets into arguments with my clients.”

Director Lubin prefers to keep Ed’s talking trick a classified bit of information. An off-camera actor’s voice is used for simultaneous dubbing, while Ed supposedly is mouthing the words. Some kind of contraption is concealed in the horse’s mouth which causes him to move his lips.

With an uninhibited animal around, all sorts of things naturally happen on the “Mister Ed” set at General Services Studios. If Ed gets temperamental, it means that the human actors have to work faster to keep the shooting schedule from falling into overtime.

“I’ve never been around horses before, especially talking horses, and it’s quite an experience,” says Alan.

“How do you mean?”

“Well, it’s like working with Charlie McCarthy. I catch myself talking to the horse when we’re off camera. The other morning. I passed Ed on the set and said. ‘Hello, Ed.’ When he didn’t say anything, I was a little shaken and thought perhaps he was mad at me.”

“This shook you?”

“Sure. Don’t forget, there are a lot of comedians out of work now. Of course, I suppose with this experience I could get guest shots with Fury and Lassie,” says Alan. (Times-Mirror Syndicate)

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The Famous Mister Ed - Talking horse TV show

Mister Ed theme song lyrics: A horse is a horse, of course, of course

Hello. I’m Mister Ed.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course.
And no one can talk to a horse, of course.
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed.

Go right to the source and ask the horse.
He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
He’s always on a steady course.
Talk to Mister Ed.

[Below only included in the closing credits]

People yakkity-yak a streak and waste your time of day,
But Mister Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course.
And this one’ll talk ’til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse?

Well listen to this: I am Mister Ed.

Mister Ed opening and closing credits/theme song

Carol, Mister Ed & Wilbur

The Famous Mister Ed - Talking horse TV show

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