I read that Clint only appeared on the show as a favor to the producer of mr Ed. That same producer directed Clint in Francis in the navy.
This episode dates from 1962, during the period when Eastwood was fairly well-known as one of the stars of Rawhide, but two years before he made the first of the Leone pictures that would propel him to international fame. This was the first outside assignment that CBS permitted its Rawhide costar to accept. Arthur Lubin, an early Eastwood mentor from his Universal days, devised and directed the series about a talking horse (the title character), while Sonia Chernus, an old friend of Eastwood's and his future story editor at Malpaso, cowrote the episode, in which Eastwood does, indeed, play a featured role as what Richard Schickel calls "a bachelor version of himself": an aspiring TV actor trying to make a name for himself, newly moved into the suburb where the series' characters reside, with his horse, which is "a larger and more glamorous creature" than the eponymous Mr. Ed, resulting in jealousy and allegedly comical complications.See Richard Schickel, Clint Eastwood (1996), p. 124-125.
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