Two television productions: the unsold pilot for RED RYDER and a special MR. ED short:
- ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER - Episode title: Gun Trouble Valley (1955) - Directed by George Archainbaud - Starring: Allan "Rocky" Lane as Red Ryder, Louis Lettieri, Lizz Slifer, James Best, Sally Fraser, Bill Henry, Gregg Barton, Daniel M. White - Red catches the bad guys who are cutting the wire fence on his land in order to steal Red's hay. This is the rare, unsold pilot episode which was the second, and final, attempt to adapt the RED RYDER film series in which Allan Lane starred to television. Gene Autry produced.
- MR. ED - Special Short - Episode title Wilbur Gets the Message ... About Payroll Savings (1961) - Directed by Arthur Lubin - Starring Allan "Rocky" Lane as the voice of Mr. Ed, Alan Young, Connie Hines, George O'Hanlon - A rare promotional Mr. Ed done for the United States Treasury Department to promote savings bonds. This one was never aired during the original series run.
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Black and White, 50 minutes DVDR 1955, 1961
Starring: Allan Lane, Mr. Ed, Louis Lettieri, Lizz Slifer, James Best, Sally Fraser, Bill Henry, Gregg Barton, Daniel M. White, Alan Young, Connie Hines, George O'Hanlon
Director: George Archainbaud, Arthur Lubin
Vendor #: NFV
Our Price: $14.99
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
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