Estate of 'Mr. Ed' Creator Wants DVD Royalties, Of Course

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Estate of 'Mr. Ed' Creator Wants DVD Royalties, Of Course

Mon Jun 30, 2008 @ 11:14AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Mister_ed1 A horse is a horse, of course of course. And no one can exploit a talking horse of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is owned by MGM.

In which case, of course, the horse becomes the famous "Mister Ed." And a hit TV show needs a DVD release, of course of course. That is, of course, the original creator of the horse, demands some money for that old horse.

Then, of course, the estate of the widow (Dorothy Brooks) of the man (Walter Brooks) who wrote the short story of the talking horse (Ed) sues the exploiter of the horse (MGM).

Saying in its suit: Yes, in 1959, we agreed to exploit that horse, of course of course. But go right to the source and ask the horse. He'll give you an answer you may not endorse. He'll tell you, there was no concept yet of home video, of course. So defend yourself until your voice is hoarse. But you owe us at least $378,396, plus interest.

Of course.

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