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Why the long face? Mr Ed straight man dies, aged 96

The Hollywood Reporter wrote (abridged):

“Alan Young, who answered to the name “Willburrrrrrrrrrrrr” on Mister Ed, the wacky 1960s sitcom that revolved around a talking horse, has died. For six seasons Young played straight man to a golden palomino. He died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Home in Woodland Hills, Calif.  Mister Ed started out in syndication in January 1960 on about 100 stations. CBS picked up the show, and it aired until February 1966.”

For the full story: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/alan-young-dead-mister-ed-816846?utm_source=twitter.

As a kid, I occasionally wagged school to watch afternoon TV shows like  “Mr Ed” and  “My Mother The Car” Those two shows summed up the wacky excesses of sixties American sitcoms. They did not make it into New Zealand prime time, but I’d argue the laughs for Mr Ed, though hokey, are better than for some sitcoms on screen now.

Mr Ed was made to look like he was talking by putting a piece of nylon thread in his mouth. (I doubt it would not pass muster with animal rights rules nowadays). Alan Young was reported as saying Mr Ed had  learned to move his lips on cue when the trainer touched his hoof. The voice of the real star – the horse of course – was actor Allan Lane, though he was not credited. According to Wikipedia, the voice belonged to “an actor who prefers to remain nameless.”

 

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“Runnin’ Down The Dream” provides a detailed LP-by-LP wrap on a singer and band with an amazing body of work over 40 years. Made eight years ago, it encompasses the entire rock music era and Petty’s involvement with much of it. His crossover between roots, rock and pop is bolstered by prodigious song writing skills that has made him a survivor.

Petty has had something interesting to say for each of the past four decades. This self-commissioned documentary seems to re-say it all, and at four hours it might benefitted from haircut. But then you would miss a lot. If four hours is too much, then maybe its best to split viewing into its two parts

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The Invaders – a Quinn Martin Production TV from the past

An occasional interlude featuring the openings and sometimes whole episodes of TV shows from the past. The Invaders only appeared on American TV for two seasons – in 1967 and 1968.  But it also played in New Zealand as well. Aged just 8, the 9.30 pm timeslot was past my bedtime, But I’d sneak out of bed, and secretly watch through a crack in the doorway between the kitchen and the lounge. I learned years later that my parents always knew I was there. It played on TV One, because there only was one channel.

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