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  2. Was "Mame" *Really* a Flop?

    I won't say it was a flop but it wasn't a hit like her earlier movies like Yours Mine and Ours, Easy to Wed, Long, Long Trailer. I too feel it isn't mentioned enough but this would have been a hit in 1968. This was one year after Tourghly Modern Millie which I think did alright. Also Lucy's voice was much better then f.e. It's Nice To Have A Man About the House (Carnival Nights) and Thanks for the Memories (LS) . I always thought it was odd how it got so deeper during Here's Lucy years.
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  4. Penny Marshall has died

    Ouch. What a painful loss. She was incredible.
  5. 2018 Christmas Colorized Episode

    The show was really nice to see again in Prime Time I noticed how there was a lot less cut through the Christmas episode, and "Pioneer" was done pretty nicely too! It seemed as if this year, the colors were a bit off and looked more "colored" than natural- like the natural look of DKVNDYK. It always seems as if they would like to make "Lucy" the quintessential 50s image- with these light greens/ hot pinks and ultra colors, kinda like how the 1950s were revisioned in the 80s-90s in this highlighter- pastel colored haze- when in actuality- a lot of the colors of the time were usually earth tones or very toned grays and greens. For instance- the Ricardo kitchen is colored a light turquoise, but in actuality was a warm orange- yellow and cream trim, but the technology isn't capable to conquer that just yet I suppose- but Over all it was pretty awesome and was very nice to see
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  7. Was "Mame" *Really* a Flop?

    Making back its budget and making the Top 30 of a year that has a lot of standouts most certainly takes it out of commercial flop territory. It's interesting to see that Mame made more money than influential heavyweights like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Conversation. Perhaps Mr. Leatherface got his inspiration from Mame's Santa mask (I'm kidding). On the topic of Mame as the last gasp of studios trying to get another Sound of Music, here's an interesting and thorough video essay on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8o7LzGqc3E&t=850s Although Mame isn't mentioned, Lucy makes a "cameo" in the video.
  8. Was "Mame" *Really* a Flop?

    Love this chart! Where did you get it from? I'd like to look up other years. Budget and box office numbers can be very misleading. $18M is higher than I've ever heard. When BO numbers are released, they're not always clear: are they 1) the gross receipts received by the theaters? 2) the net of that that reaches the studio? 3) including pre-sold network TV fee? (which was probably considerable). Or some other calculation. The bottom line: what was the PROFIT? When they tally gross receipts based on a calendar year, it doesn't take into account movies that had a run that spanned 2 calendar years. (though Mame's take would have been all 1974). I followed Variety's publish weekly grosses and they said Mame ended up with $6.5million or so. I've heard the Mame budget as $6M, $8M, $10M and $12M. Warners paid (I think) $3.5M for the rights to the Broadway musical, so that was a big chunk. In a big coffee table book about Warner Brothers movies, "Mame" was the studio's 4th highest grossing film of the year, behind "Exorcist" "Blazing Saddles" and "Magnum Force". And one more time: Lucy did NOT finance the movie and BUY the role, STEALING it from Angela!! a rumor people seem to like to believe, akin to "Viv was a year younger than Lucy but was contractually bound to remain 20 pounds overweight". Any way you figure it, Mame's BO was a disappointment. The rights were purchased at a time when the major studios were still hoping for one more "Sound of Music". But "Mame" was really the last of those faithful Broadway-to-movie musicals, and the last by a long shot (with a few low-performing exceptions). The sophisticated "Cabaret" changed critic's expectations and they were NOT in the mood to endorse the old-fashioned "Mame". Had "Mame" been made even 5 years earlier, it may have joined the list of revered movie musicals. For one thing, Lucy was in much better shape vocally in 1968 than she was in 1973 (year of production) and her age wouldn't have been such a HUGE factor.
  9. TMZ is, sadly, reporting her death. A loss of not only an actress, but a wonderful director.
  10. Penny Marshall has died

    Penny Marshall, 'Laverne & Shirley' Star Turned Director, Dies at 75 She starred for eight seasons on the ABC ratings hit, created by her late brother Garry Marshall, and directed such films as 'Big,' 'A League of Their Own' and 'Awakenings.' Penny Marshall, the nasally and good-natured Bronx native who starred on the ABC ratings sensation Laverne & Shirley before shattering records as a top-grossing female director in Hollywood, has died. She was 75. The younger sister of the late writer-director-producer Garry Marshall and the first wife of actor-director Rob Reiner, Marshall died from complications from diabetes, her publicist told the New York Daily News. She was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in 2009. Marshall earned fame — but, incredibly not even one Emmy nomination — for playing the wisecracking Laverne DeFazio on the Happy Days spinoff created by her brother. Laverne & Shirley, which aired for eight seasons from 1976-83, centered on the escapades of two romantically challenged Milwaukee brewery workers, with Cindy Williams co-starring as Marshall’s idealistic roommate, Shirley Feeney. She directed a handful of episodes of the sitcom, then was approached to step in as a last-minute replacement for Howard Zieff to helm the feature comedy Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986), starring Whoopi Goldberg. For her next film, she hit comedic pay dirt with Big (1988), the magical Tom Hanks starrer about a boy who wakes up in the body of an adult. Co-produced by James L. Brooks, who brought the script to her, it was the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million (about $198 million in today’s dollars) domestically. Another great Marshall comedy, A League of Their Own (1992), a fictional account about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League organized during World War II, also starred Hanks (as well as Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna) and broke through the $100 million barrier as well. In between those films, the director dramatically changed course with the fact-based Awakenings(1990), which starred Robert De Niro as a middle-aged man who has been catatonic for 30 years and Robin Williams as a painfully shy doctor determined to “awaken” him. With Awakenings, Marshall became the second woman ever to helm a best picture Oscar nominee. She also is only one of seven to achieve that without landing a directors nom as well. “I had friends who said, ‘Why do you want to be in a hospital for four months?’ I said, ‘I was depressed in a toy store, what difference does it make?’ ” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. “I’m a depressed person. People said it was so brave to do a drama. I didn’t think it was bravery. I figured I had an excuse: If it didn’t work, I could say, ‘Well, that’s not my strength.’ ” Carole Penny Marshall, named after actress Carole Lombard, was born Oct. 15, 1943, and her family lived on the Grand Concourse, a major thoroughfare in the Bronx. Her father, Anthony, made industrial films, and her mother, Marjorie, was a dance instructor who taught her youngest kid how to tap. Marshall often noted that Garry, 10 years older than she, and her sister Ronny, six years her senior, were planned, while she was a mistake. As a teenager, her mother told her, “You were a miscarriage, but you were stubborn and held on.” Her parents did not get along with each other. (Garry died of complications from a stroke on July 19, 2016. He was 81.) Following high school, she fled to the University of New Mexico to study psychology, got married in 1961, dropped out and had a daughter, Tracy, her only child (who later was adopted by Reiner). Divorced after two years, Marshall supported herself with an array of jobs, including a stint as a choreographer for the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association, before heading to Los Angeles in 1967. “I didn’t know my brother that well,” she told Tavis Smiley in a 2012 interview. “So I went and said, ‘Let me go meet him.’ He was doing well. He was writing for Dick Van Dyke and Joey Bishop and every show, so why not to meet him? “He’s a great guy. I wouldn’t have a career without him. He told me go have lunch with this person, go take acting classes from this person. I said, ‘Mommy wants me to change my name.’ He said, ‘Why?’ 'Because she doesn’t want me to embarrass the family.' (Laughter.) ‘He said, ‘Don’t listen to her, she’s nuts.’ ” Supporting herself as a secretary while studying acting, she appeared in commercials. Her first was a Head & Shoulders spot opposite the gorgeous, blond and then-unknown Farrah Fawcett; Marshall played her plain roommate. After appearing on such shows as That Girl and Love, American Style, she and Reiner — mere months before they were to marry — auditioned for a new CBS sitcom. But while Reiner was cast as Michael Stivic, it was Sally Struthers who ended up playing his wife, Gloria, on All in the Family. Marshall, though, soon joined her brother’s ABC comedy, The Odd Couple, as Oscar Madison’s flighty secretary, Myrna Turner. It was Jack Klugman, who played Oscar the sloppy sportswriter, who insisted she get the job. Guest stints on such series as The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a regular role on the short-lived sitcom Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (created by Brooks and Allan Burns) followed. In 1975, she and Williams — who had met on a double date years earlier during a Liza Minnelli performance at L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel — were working on a satire for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope magazine when Garry Marshall hired them for an episode of Happy Days. Portraying “fast girls” recruited by Fonzie (Henry Winkler) for a double date with Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard), the two displayed an immediate comic rapport. So when ABC entertainment chief Fred Silverman asked the Happy Days creator if he had any ideas for a new show, he mentioned one starring his sister and Williams as Milwaukee’s best. “Fred Silverman was in his spinoff days,” Marshall said in a 2000 interview with the Archive of American Television. “[I pitched the show as] two girls from the other side of the tracks. There are no shows about blue-collar girls on the air. He said, ‘It’s on! What’s its name?’ 'I said, Laverne & Shirley.' ‘Good, I love it!’ ” “People were dying for someone that didn’t look like Mary Tyler Moore, a regular person,” Marshall added. “My sister looks like a regular person, talks like a regular person.” The series, from Paramount Television, started out with the ladies living in a basement apartment and working as bottle cappers for the Schotz brewery in the 1950s. Marshall quaffed milk mixed with Pepsi and sported sweaters with a large, loopy ‘L’ on them, and she and Williams performed physical shenanigans not seen since the days of I Love Lucy. Laverne & Shirley debuted No. 1 in the ratings on Jan. 26, 1976, and in its post-Happy Days spot at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, went on to become the highest-rated series for the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons. (Reiner’s All in the Family was No. 2.) “We [once] had a 60 share. That doesn’t happen except for the Academy Awards or things like that, like the Super Bowl,” she told the Huffington Post in May 2013. “We beat out Jesus once, I remember that. It was Easter.” In mid-1979, Laverne & Shirley was sold into syndication for a record price, estimated to be $50,000 an episode. Williams, though, was not with the writers on the show, and in 1982 she sued Paramount for $20 million in a dispute over wanting to get paid while missing episodes because she was pregnant. After a settlement, Williams was written out of the series, and Laverne & Shirley wrapped after 178 episodes in May 1983 with one Emmy nom ever — for costume design. In 1978, Marshall starred opposite Reiner in the ABC telefilm More Than Friends, co-written by Reiner and based on the early days of their courtship. (Earlier, Reiner had played her fiance, named Sheldn (they forgot the “o” on his birth certificate, as the gag went), on The Odd Couple. She and Reiner split up in 1979; afterward, she had a long romance with singer Art Garfunkel. Marshall also had a minor role in the 1979 comedy 1941, directed by Steven Spielberg, and she did a cameo as a director in the 1995 movie adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Hollywood satire Get Shorty! After A League of Their Own, Marshall directed Renaissance Man (1994), toplined by Danny DeVito and featuring Mark Wahlberg in his feature debut; The Preacher’s Wife (1996), with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston in what she once called “the first black Christmas movie”; and the Drew Barrymore starrer Riding in Cars With Boys (2001). More recently, she directed a couple of episodes of Showtime’s United States of Tara and appeared on IFC’s Portlandia (series star Fred Armisen hilariously impersonated her to promote her sassy 2012 memoir, My Mother Was Nuts) and the Fox sitcom Mulaney. Marshall was one of Hollywood’s most fervent Los Angeles Lakers fans. She regularly was seen courtside at the Forum and then Staples Center, with her trademark tinted glasses perched precariously on her nose. Her daughter played left fielder Betty Spaghetti in A League of Their Own. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/penny-marshall-dead-laverne-shirley-star-75-686405
  11. John Davidson Comes Out

    Good for him. Better late than never. I remember him most from the 1980s version of Hollywood Squares where Joan Rivers was the center square. Watched that every night.
  12. Was "Mame" *Really* a Flop?

    Very interesting chart. Also of note are 2 family members in movies that year. Lenny with Gary ranked higher than Mame, Billy Two Hats with Desi Jr. ranked far lower than Mame.
  13. They Love Lucy: Celebrity Lucy Fans

    I only have garden size tracks currently set up at my house.
  14. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    I think I read about this over on Ken Levine's blog recently and it was a movable wall.
  15. Kaye's doc will be playing the Palm Springs Film Festival! https://www.psfilmfest.org/2019-ps-film-festival/film-finder/kaye-ballard-the-show-goes-on?fbclid=IwAR03_GCTlFXxGYC5YsU59cP38uRPZfoIY0jtlqxlDsXDjIHbPX3zgxGAqwM
  16. They Love Lucy: Celebrity Lucy Fans

    At the very least she did a decent job of capturing the Lucy Ricardo makeup. And the broach is a nice touch. I see miniature train tracks in the background; was this taken at your house
  17. Was "Mame" *Really* a Flop?

    That's all I've ever heard about this movie, that it was a box office flop. I can accept that it was a flop with critics, and I understand full well why critics did not like it, but many years ago I saw a book in my university library that contained a list of 1974 movies ranked by box office numbers. My memory was that, while Mame was not ranked anywhere near the top for the year, it was still far from the bottom. Now I have found this website which confirms my memory. It shows 117 movies released that year, and if you sort by box office earnings, it comes in at 30th place. That puts Mame in the top 26% of movies that year in terms of box office numbers. According to this site, it earned $18,200,000 (or $87,200,000 in today's dollars). That sounds pretty impressive to me. What's more, according to IMDB, Mame had a budget of $12 million. $18.2 million in earnings on a film that cost $12 million means a 52% return! Please sign me up for any opportunity to make 52% on my investment! And look at some of the movies that year that did less box office than Mame. Harry and Tonto, for example, which won Art Carney an Oscar. And The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which NBC apparently thought was a big enough hit to turn it into a TV series a couple years later. And It's Alive, which spawned a sequel. There are a number of other movies further down the list below Mame that are familiar to me but which I've never heard referred to as bombs. So what gives? Why is Mame repeatedly called a box office bomb? https://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/1974-movies/ Rank Movie Stars Box Office (Millions) Adjusted B.O. (Millions) Review %age Oscar Noms/Wins 1 Blazing Saddles (1974) Gene Wilder & $118.1 $566.5 81 3/1 Mel Brooks 2 The Towering Inferno (1974) Paul Newman & $114.8 $550.9 69 8/3 AA Best Picture Nom Steve McQueen 3 Young Frankenstein (1974) Gene Wilder & $85.2 $408.8 88 2/1 Mel Brooks 4 Earthquake (1974) Charlton Heston & $78.6 $377.2 45 4/1 Ava Gardner 5 Airport 1975 (1974) Myrna Loy & $76.7 $367.8 43 0/0 Charlton Heston 6 Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Ingrid Bergman & $58.0 $278.0 78 6/1 Sean Connery 7 Benji (1974) Peter Breck & $50.9 $244.2 62 1/1 Deborah Walley 8 Herbie Rides Again (1974) Ken Berry & $50.0 $239.8 56 0/0 Helen Hayes 9 The Godfather: Part II (1974) Al Pacino & $47.5 $228.1 95 11/6 AA Best Picture Win Robert Duvall 10 Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) Peter Fonda & $46.1 $220.9 70 0/0 Roddy McDowall 11 The Longest Yard (1974) Burt Reynolds & $43.0 $206.3 76 1/1 Geoffrey Lewis 12 The Great Gatsby (1974) Robert Redford & $43.0 $206.4 49 2/2 Bruce Dern 13 Freebie and the Bean (1974) James Caan & $40.9 $196.2 65 0/0 Alan Arkin 14 Lenny (1974) Dustin Hoffman & $35.2 $168.6 84 6/1 AA Best Picture Nom Valerie Perrine 15 For Pete's Sake (1974) Barbra Streisand $32.3 $155.0 60 0/0 16 The Island At The Top Of The World (1974) David Hartman $30.3 $145.4 64 1/1 17 Chinatown (1974) Jack Nicholson & $29.2 $140.1 94 11/1 AA Best Picture Nom Faye Dunaway 18 The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Roger Moore $28.5 $136.6 60 0/0 19 The Groove Tube (1974) Chevy Chase $27.9 $133.7 52 0/0 20 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Jeff Bridges & $27.6 $132.3 78 1/1 Clint Eastwood 21 Macon County Line (1974) Alan Vint $27.6 $132.3 68 0/0 22 That's Entertainment! (1974) MGM Film Clips $26.9 $129.0 73 0/0 23 Death Wish (1974) Charles Bronson $26.7 $127.9 68 0/0 24 The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) Charlton Heston & $26.6 $127.4 74 1/1 Faye Dunaway 25 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Ellen Burstyn & $23.9 $114.8 84 3/1 Directed by Martin Scorsese 26 The Front Page (1974) Jack Lemmon & $23.8 $114.3 69 0/0 Walter Matthau 27 Uptown Saturday Night (1974) Sidney Poitier & $22.4 $107.6 67 0/0 Richard Pryor 28 The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) Tom Laughlin $21.5 $103.2 47 0/0 29 A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Gena Rowlands & $18.5 $88.9 86 2/1 Peter Falk 30 Mame (1974) Lucille Ball $18.2 $87.2 54 0/0 31 Beyond the Door (1974) Juliet Mills $17.1 $81.9 45 0/0 32 Return of the Dragon (1974) Ramon Zamora $15.8 $75.6 68 0/0 33 S*P*Y*S (1974) Donald Sutherland & $15.8 $75.7 38 0/0 Elliott Gould 34 Harry and Tonto (1974) Art Carney $13.9 $66.9 80 2/1 35 The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1974) Dan Haggerty $12.7 $61.1 68 0/0 36 Bootleggers (1974) Paul Koslo & $12.7 $61.1 59 0/0 Slim Pickens 37 McQ (1974) John Wayne & $12.4 $59.6 57 0/0 John Sturges 38 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Marilyn Burns $12.1 $58.1 85 0/0 39 California Split (1974) George Segal & $12.1 $58.1 78 0/0 Elliott Gould 40 The Bears and I (1974) Patrick Wayne $12.1 $58.1 58 0/0 41 Emmanuelle (1974) Sylvia Kristel $12.1 $58.1 50 0/0 42 Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) H.B. Halicki $12.1 $58.1 38 0/0 43 The Yakuza (1974) Robert Mitchum & $10.9 $52.3 61 0/0 Brian Keith 44 Mr. Majestyk (1974) Charles Bronson $10.6 $50.9 67 0/0 45 The Lords of Flatbush (1974) Sylvester Stallone $9.4 $45.0 65 0/0 46 Claudine (1974) Diahann Carroll & $9.1 $43.6 74 1/1 James Earl Jones 47 Buster and Billie (1974) Jan-Michael Vincent $9.1 $43.6 69 0/0 48 Three The Hard Way (1974) Jim Brown & $9.1 $43.6 64 0/0 Fred Williamson 49 The Odessa File (1974) Jon Voight $8.5 $40.7 70 0/0 50 The Tamarind Seed (1974) Julie Andrews & $8.0 $38.4 70 0/0 Omar Sharif 51 The Land That Time Forgot (1974) Doug McClure $7.6 $36.3 59 0/0 52 The Castaway Cowboy (1974) James Garner & $7.6 $36.3 43 0/0 Vera Miles 53 The Sugarland Express (1974) Goldie Hawn & $7.5 $36.0 78 0/0 Directed by Steven Spielberg 54 Foxy Brown (1974) Pam Grier $7.3 $34.9 64 0/0 55 Seven Alone (1974) Aldo Ray $7.2 $34.8 56 0/0 56 It's Alive (1974) John P. Ryan $7.1 $34.2 60 0/0 57 Truck Turner (1974) Isaac Hayes $6.8 $32.4 71 0/0 58 Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) Skip Hinnant $6.2 $29.7 52 0/0 59 Conrack (1974) Jon Voight $6.1 $29.1 73 0/0 60 Abby (1974) William Marshall $6.1 $29.1 55 0/0 61 Zardoz (1974) Sean Connery $5.5 $26.5 50 0/0 62 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) Richard Dreyfuss $5.2 $24.7 71 1/1 63 Phantom of the Paradise (1974) Directed by Brian De Palma $4.8 $23.3 78 1/1 64 The Parallax View (1974) Warren Beatty $4.8 $23.3 77 0/0 65 Pardon My Blooper (1974) Kermit Schafer $4.5 $21.4 66 0/0 66 Big Bad Mama (1974) Angie Dickinson & $4.5 $21.8 59 0/0 William Shatner 67 Juggernaut (1974) Anthony Hopkins & $4.5 $21.8 56 0/0 Richard Harris 68 The Conversation (1974) Gene Hackman & $4.4 $21.2 91 3/1 AA Best Picture Nom Harrison Ford 0 69 Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Warren Oates & $4.3 $20.5 78 0/0 Isela Vega 70 The Teacher (1974) Jay North $4.2 $20.4 45 0/0 71 Law And Disorder (1974) Ernest Borgnine $3.9 $18.9 54 0/0 72 TNT Jackson (1974) Jeannie Bell $3.9 $18.9 45 0/0 73 Where the Lilies Bloom (1974) Julie Gholson $3.6 $17.4 71 0/0 74 Busting (1974) Elliott Gould & $3.6 $17.4 64 0/0 Robert Blake 75 The Black Godfather (1974) Rod Perry $3.6 $17.4 42 0/0 76 Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Walter Matthau & $3.3 $16.0 85 0/0 Robert Shaw 77 Huckleberry Finn (1974) Paul Winfield $3.3 $16.0 56 0/0 78 Cockfighter (1974) Warren Oates & $3.0 $14.5 79 0/0 Harry Dean Stanton 79 The Gambler (1974) James Caan & $3.0 $14.5 78 0/0 James Woods 80 11 Harrowhouse (1974) James Mason & $3.0 $14.5 69 0/0 Candice Bergen 81 The Little Prince (1974) Gene Wilder $3.0 $14.5 67 2/1 82 Our Time (1974) Pamela Sue Martin $3.0 $14.5 66 0/0 83 Policewomen (1974) Sondra Currie $3.0 $14.5 63 0/0 84 Daisy Miller (1974) Cybill Shepherd $3.0 $14.5 60 0/0 85 Gold (1974) Roger Moore & $3.0 $14.5 54 1/1 Ray Milland 86 Golden Needles (1974) Joe Don Baker $3.0 $14.5 49 0/0 87 Bank Shot (1974) George C. Scott $3.0 $14.5 49 0/0 88 Lovin' Molly (1974) Susan Sarandon & $3.0 $14.5 39 0/0 Anthony Perkins 89 The Arena (1974) Pam Grier $2.9 $13.8 45 0/0 90 Zandy's Bride (1974) Gene Hackman & $2.9 $13.8 40 0/0 Liv Ullmann 91 The White Dawn (1974) Warren Oates $2.8 $13.4 73 0/0 92 Ginger In The Morning (1974) Sissy Spacek $2.7 $13.1 54 0/0 93 Black Christmas (1974) Olivia Hussey & $2.6 $12.4 72 0/0 Margot Kidder 94 The Spikes Gang (1974) Lee Marvin & $2.6 $12.4 52 0/0 Ron Howard 95 Thieves Like Us (1974) Keith Carradine & $2.4 $11.6 74 0/0 Directed by Robert Altman 96 The Terminal Man (1974) Jill Clayburgh & $2.4 $11.6 58 0/0 George Segal 97 The Girl From Petrovka (1974) Anthony Hopkins & $2.4 $11.3 43 0/0 Goldie Hawn 98 Klansman (1974) Lee Marvin & $2.4 $11.6 39 0/0 Richard Burton 99 Rhinoceros (1974) Gene Wilder $2.0 $9.4 59 0/0 100 The Savage Is Loose (1974) George C. Scott $2.0 $9.4 49 0/0 101 Phase IV (1974) Nigel Davenport $1.9 $9.2 70 0/0 102 The Midnight Man (1974) Burt Lancaster $1.8 $8.9 63 0/0 103 The Internecine Project (1974) James Coburn & $1.8 $8.7 56 0/0 Lee Grant 104 Conversation Piece (1974) Burt Lancaster $1.6 $7.5 75 0/0 105 Mama's Dirty Girls (1974) Gloria Grahame $1.6 $7.6 56 0/0 106 The Black Windmill (1974) Michael Caine $1.6 $7.6 45 0/0 107 Open Season (1974) William Holden & $1.4 $6.6 61 0/0 Peter Fonda 108 Mixed Company (1974) Basketball Movies & $1.4 $6.6 44 0/0 Barbara Harris 109 Soft Beds Hard Battles (1974) Peter Sellers $1.3 $6.0 47 0/0 110 Billy Two Hats (1974) Gregory Peck & $1.2 $5.8 49 0/0 Jack Warden 111 The Last 4 Days (1974) Henry Fonda $0.9 $4.4 48 0/0 112 Shanks (1974) Marcel Marceau $0.8 $3.7 55 1/1 113 Dark Star (1974) Directed by John Carpenter $0.5 $2.4 70 0/0 114 The Destructors/The Marseille Contract (1974) Anthony Quinn & $0.5 $2.3 56 0/0 Michael Caine 115 Seizure! (1974) Oliver Stone $0.2 $0.7 37 0/0 116 Celine & Julie Go Boating (1974) Juliet Berto $0.0 $0.2 78 0/0 117 The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974) Richard Dreyfuss $0.0 $0.1 29 0/0
  18. John Davidson's parents were Baptist ministers. He has apparently held these beliefs since he was a very young man, long before he was on Here's Lucy, but he had to keep quiet because of this career. I'm glad he now feels free to talk.
  19. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    Do you remember anything about Lou's office set? There's a strange thing about that set that makes it appear that the wall between Lou's office and the newsroom was movable. In the scenes inside that office, the wall is angled towards the right, apparently so that the studio audience has good visibility of Lou's office (and I've read that Lou's office was at the far end of the stage, so that would make sense). But in scenes in the newsroom, the wall is angled towards the left. So it seems they would swing the wall back and forth depending on whether they were filming a scene inside Lou's office or in the newsroom. In some episodes they have to go back and forth repeatedly between the newsroom and Lou's office, which would mean an a lot of swinging of that wall. I would think that would be very distracting for someone sitting in the studio audience because they would have had to repeatedly stop filming every time they need to move the wall. Does any of this ring a bell?
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  21. They Love Lucy: Celebrity Lucy Fans

    And she needed some polka dots. No one really gets Lucy until you add the polka dots.
  22. 2018 Christmas Colorized Episode

    OMG, I MUCH prefer the domestic episodes. That office banter between Buddy, Sally and Mel really gets on my nerves and I never found any of it funny. But I have always loved the interactions between Rob and Laura. Van Dyke and Moore had incredible chemistry. But THAT episode is great! I actually like that TAGS Christmas episode. I find it very heartwarming, which makes it perfect for the season. It brought a tear to my eye. I LOOOOVE "Chuckles Bites the Dust"! It was groundbreaking in its ability to treat death with humor, and MTM was spectacular. There were great moments in that episode for the entire cast. But TMTMS has many, many great episodes.
  23. 2018 Christmas Colorized Episode

    You hit the nail on the head regarding Pioneer Women, except it does not make me laugh out loud. That episode, like most S1 episodes, just leaves me cold. The most memorable scene is, ironically, the one that ruins the episode for me, and that's when that six-foot loaf of bread instantly pops out of a two-foot deep oven perfectly shaped and fully baked. The suspension of disbelief is too much for me, as is the case with many of the first season episodes. (And never mind the technical flaw in that you can see within the space between the wall and back of the oven that the loaf is being shoved from behind the wall through the oven.) There's really not much from the first season that I enjoy. While I think the Vitameatavegamin scene in "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" is brilliant (although the name "Vitameatavegamin" is a linguistically inappropriate spelling; a personal pet peeve), the earlier scene with Lucy completely wrecking a television set just to make a point that she should be on TV, and then Ricky intentionally trying to electrocute her, spoils the episode as a whole. Very little in the first season is relatable or believable to me. But the rest of the series, starting with S2, is a masterpiece. If one of the purposes of these colorized episodes is to appeal to a younger generation, episodes from S1 are not going to serve that goal. I, too, would love to see a Connecticut episode colorized. I guess "Lucy Does the Tango," or maybe "Lucy's Night in Town" or "Lucy Wants to Move to the Country" would be best for that purpose (there are few great ones in that batch), but really "The Celebrity Next Door" or "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" would be most ideal in terms of delivering the biggest and best laughs.
  24. They Love Lucy: Celebrity Lucy Fans

    Puffy sleeves and a bongo drum would've made it more obvious.
  25. They Love Lucy: Celebrity Lucy Fans

    I look more like Lucy on a daily basis. How is her guy "Ricky" besides he put on a tux?
  26. They Love Lucy: Celebrity Lucy Fans

    She went from Pink to Red
  27. They Love Lucy: Celebrity Lucy Fans

    P!nk and her husband dressed as Lucy and Ricky for a “Famous Couples” costume party.
  28. Ethel's Home Town: My God, this one's full of beautiful little moments. The facial expressions of the other three when Ethel starts going off on her self-important monologues. And that disgusted cough Lucy makes afterwards never fails to make me laugh. And the "solo" recital is just chalk full of them. I especially love when Ethel wipes away that phony tear at the edge of her eye. "But enough with the sentiment, on with the show." The more I think about it, the more I realize that "somewhere along the line, Shrinking Violet got sanforized" has got to be my single, all-time favorite line from ANY episode. I didn't know what sanforized meant the first time I watched it (years ago), but now that I get the reference, I marvel at how unbelievably clever that piece of dialogue is. My appreciation of the writing grows every time I see any episode. You cannot underestimate their brilliance and what they gave that cast to work with.
  29. 2018 Christmas Colorized Episode

    One small moment from the episode that really made me laugh this time around was when Lucy and Ethel check on the dough for the first time. Lucy looks down and says "help me", but the way she said it was so genuine (in that "Lucy" way) that it completely sold the absurdity of what was going on. The situation may be ridiculous, but the people are real. Also, shoutout to the great Florence Bates who is the very definition of a "Society Matron".
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