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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (26 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593935730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593935733
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good book well written and gives an insight into the private side of Rocky Lane which until now we have only got from people from outside his family.
Also included are some very good family photos and stills.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An incredibly intimate portrait of one of the most popular stars of the Saturday matinee and alter ego of TV's Mister Ed! 28 Jun 2014
By Tinsley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A popular western and serial star of the Saturday matinee, Allan "Rocky" Lane (aka Harry Leonard Albershart) later became the voice/alter ego of TV's "Mister Ed," the talking horse. Several books have chronicled Lane's career, but reveal little of his personal life. Happily, Linda Alexander has now filled that void. In a thoroughly researched and beautifully written account based on the recollections and papers of Lane's family, a wonderful collection of family photos, and other sources, she has drawn an incredibly intimate and touching portrait of a complicated individual who could be his own worst enemy, yet was also his family's beloved and generous "Uncle Harry" and the loyal friend of close associates. Must reading for fans of the Saturday matinees of movie's golden age and the early years of television! Tinsley E. Yarbrough
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent book and is highly recommended 14 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book and is highly recommended. It clears up a ton of misconceptions that have existed for a lot of years. It appears that it has been diligently researched and honestly reported. It is good to be able to become aware of the real Rocky versus the one that he have heard about over the years. He comes across as a respected and diverse individual with a lot of talent in many fields. I am a big fan of Rocky Lane the Western Star, now I am a fan of Rocky Lane the MAN.

Bill Sasser
Williamsburg Film Festival
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Biography 20 July 2014
By L. gallo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a amazing in depth biography of Allen "Rocky" Lane. Linda Alexander has written the most comprehensive biography of this Saturday matinee hero. Using stories and photos from family and friends she tells the story of a beloved uncle and an actor who was at times his own worst enemy. A must read for any Western movie fan
The entertaining bio of a forgotten star 9 Dec 2014
By Doug Senior - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Everyone has a story. Allan "Rocky" Lane was no exception. In fact, the reclusive actor now known (if known at all) as the voice of talking horse Mr. Ed, had many stories rolled into one life. I Am Mr. Ed…Allan "Rocky" Lane Revealed, by Linda Alexander, effectively chronicles the ups and downs of a forgotten actor who is far from a household name and probably preferred it that way.

Nevertheless, author Alexander digs into the life of a flawed man -- weaving through Lane's life via his many re-inventions. As most do in Hollywood, he starts as a struggling actor. His failure to impress diverts his path. He becomes a successful headshot photographer, then reinvents into a debonair man about-town, eventually transforms into a good-looking leading B-movie actor, and then miraculously becomes King of the Movie Serials and well-known Cowboy Star. Along the way, his 4 brief marriages (all under a year) suggest his inability to relate to people. Instead he bonds with horses, especially Black Jack, his movie horse.

A later detour led into his legacy. After stardom he became a businessman and owner, trainer, and breeder of horses…..until FINALLY he melded with one and became the anonymous half of the team which is now famously Mr. Ed.

Thoroughly researched, I Am Mr. Ed…Allan "Rocky" Lane Revealed benefits from Alexander's access to members of Lane's family. She was also able to embellish the book with family pictures from their photo album, helping to further personalize her subject.

The book uses the backdrop of Hollywood through several decades to its benefit-- starting all the way back to "the talkies", into the first golden age of movies of the 30s (where Lane bounced from major studio to major studio), onto stardom at poverty row Republic Pictures as a major star ….and then his final stop—television. He died in 1973.

Undoubtedly, Linda Alexander's latest book is an absorbing tale of a man who simultaneously strove to be a star while trying not to reveal too much about himself. Alexander successfully pulls the curtain open as I Am Mr. Ed…Allan "Rocky" Lane Revealed rings true. I can't help but think if Mr. Lane were still around, he would read the book and say "Yep, she got it! That was me! Take it or leave it!" Little did he know that he would make such an entertaining read.
The Real Allan Lane 2 Oct 2014
By FJLS3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Linda Alexander’s new book, I AM Mister Ed…Allan “Rocky” Lane Revealed, is an in-depth portrait of a man most would call a “B-movie actor.” That term implies a second rate level of talent, but one thing is clear after reading Ms. Alexander’s book: Hollywood is fickle, and much in the career-making process is a matter of luck and timing more than it is talent and the desire to succeed—qualities which Allan Lane held in abundance. He had the acting skills and the look and demeanor of a leading man, but in spite of lead roles during the 1930s, his career has been all but forgotten except by the generation of kids growing up in the 1940s and 1950s who flocked to the Saturday matinees to see him as the hero of “cowboy” movies and action serials. “Rocky” Lane became one of the important action film actors of the pre- and post-WW II era, a true movie star in his time, and yet the details of his life and his film and television career have remained hidden. Ms. Alexander rectifies that with her intensely researched and highly detailed biography.
Every career is dependent upon the outcomes of professional choices made at specific points in a trajectory, and along that trajectory also rides a series of life and personal choices and the luck factor: being in the right place and getting the right break. Ms. Alexander’s book, both painstaking in its research and entertaining in its presentation, shows how Harry Albershart became Allan Lane and then Rocky Lane; how he moved from athlete to photographer to actor to leading man to action star, and along the way flowed in and out of the Hollywood studio system starring with actresses like Joan Fontaine and Lucille Ball, and, in his later years, voicing a talking television sit-com horse named “Mr. Ed.” Lane’s uneven trajectory, his luck, his personal choices and timing, his failed marriages, his need and desire to work and be appreciated as an actor made for a singular life, one worth reading about. Ms. Alexander is at once both objective and subjective in her portrayal. She presents the sequence and details of chronological events and relationships with clear-eyed objectivity but there is another voice, one which sees the whole of Lane’s character and finds empathy with his trials, his strengths and his weaknesses to create a portrait in print that is fascinating.

Before I was born, Allan Lane was my uncle for a few months—the length of time that he was married to Gladys Leslie Schneider, my father’s sister. Within my family there was little known about Lane or the brief marriage, but as a nine-year old boy I was taken by my father to see a Rocky Lane cowboy movie in a theater among the long row of B-movie houses that once lined 42nd Street in the 1950s. My father showed me the big, glass-encased one-sheet illustrated poster for the movie and told me that Lane was once married to my aunt Gladys. And then, inside the theater, up on the screen I could see Rocky Lane larger than life. There he was, rough-riding his horse and using his fists and guns to punish the “baddies,” as my father used to call them. Those B-Westerns were simple, and beloved by kids especially. They presented stories of selfless heroism, and good would always triumph over evil just like in the comics we read and just like in today’s popular movies about superheroes—whether James Bond, Ironman or Captain America. The characters change over time, but we always will be drawn to those stories. “Rocky" Lane was a true hero, but inside him lay the ordinary, flawed, and secret identity of Harry Albershart. Ms. Alexander’s book portrays this all so very well.     — Frederick Schneider
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