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  5. The very first foreign language language was Mapy y Papi, shot in Puerto Rico in the 1950s. That starred Mapy Cortes, who costarred with Lucy in Seven Days’ Leave. Others over the years have included a Swedish version in the ‘90s and a Polish adaptation in the early 2000s.
  6. Several? That's interesting to learn. What other countries besides Latvia did their own adaptations?
  7. I always knew that any possible 21st century remake would make one of the couples gay. Wonder how this will compare to the Latvian version? Despite the questionable performances and low budget, it seemed to remake most episodes verbatim, from what little I've seen. I'm guessing this one's going to take more modern liberties.
  8. Completely unnecessary, but there have been several foreign language adaptations of I Love Lucy going all the way back to 1954.
  9. https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/all-for-lucy-amazon-to-launch-reimagined-version-of-i-love-lucy/ Thoughts?
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  11. I was reluctant to buy the book "We Can Be Who We Are: Movie Musicals From the 70s" by Lee Gambin because I thought I'd be in for the same Mame-bashing that's been going on since 1974. But I was pleasantly surprised that the 15 pages devoted to Mame were quite positive. "Lucille Ball gives a passionate, nuanced and honest performance". He also defends the soft focus shots as a throwback to Hollywood's golden years when everyone's close-ups were fuzzed-up---even Shirley Temple. Included are two long commentaries about their experiences: from Bruce Davidson and Joyce Van Patten. Author has some minor carping. Describes the staging of "Loving You" as "hurried....with its clumsy zoom ins and outs, reeking of 1970s sensibilities". Not quite sure what he means by that. Bruce misstates "Bea Arthur was a sweetheart. You know Madeline Kahn was supposed to play Bea's part..." I collected a lot of local newspapers that reviewed Mame and while there were few "raves", most were pretty good. At least better than legend would have it. The worst review came from Time Magazine. That and other horrendous reviews from national publications are the ones that always get quoted in books when it comes to the topic of Mame. I'm passed the point of being able to be objective about the movie, but the passage of time has been kind to it. I know young people, unfamiliar with Roz's "Auntie Mame" movie that love it. Including the index, the book is 789 pages long!
  12. I know I’m very late responding to this, but I just viewed the scene in question and see what you mean. It’s subtle, but picturing her with the artichoke cut I could definitely see more Lucy Carmichael in there.
  13. Building a Bar-B-Q I like this one, but find it a bit stressful. Also, I’m noticing more and more how beautiful season six looks. I don’t know if it was brighter lighting, different filmstock, or a combination of both, but the image is almost platinum-like in appearance, compared to the greyer look of some earlier seasons. Unfortunately, this look didn’t carry over to the hour shows. Visitor from Italy I don’t rewatch this one that much, but it’s quite charming. Jay Novello was always an excellent guest. I keep forgetting how good Lucy’s pizza routine is. Changing the Boys Wardrobe One of the more loyal “My Favorite Husband” adaptations. For that reason, I can’t help it feel this episode might’ve been better located in the first season. Putting it in the same year as “Men Are Messy” would’ve made more sense, as come season three it’s very out of character to have Ricky be so sloppy. Mertz and Kurtz Another one I tend not to view too often. I’m not wild about the musical act, but the events leading up to it are okay. It may not be to everyone’s tastes, but I enjoy seeing Bill Frawley getting to trot out some of the old standards. My favourite moment is everyone deciding to do the show, and Lucy’s positively gleeful response when she’s allowed to join in. It’s great seeing all of them join forces together. I just wish the show in question had been a bit funnier.
  14. I know the jury’s still out on the complete film, but the more I view the trailer, the more Kidman is growing on me. Like Frances Fisher and Rachel York before her, the resemblance to Lucy is stronger from certain angles, but it’s definitely there. And obviously whatever license was taken with hairstyles and colour wasn’t her doing. I’m very curious to see how her Lucy was written and how she chose to play it.
  15. Now having heard it, I can say it’s an overall good episode. He clearly did his homework and provides a lot of solid information, especially for newcomers. No major factual errors that I can pinpoint, though there were a few tiny details that were a little off. The best bits for me were his personal stories relating to the show, such as witnessing Bill Frawley drunk in public, seeing Vivian Vance the night she filmed her Rhoda episode, and viewing the exact location where the Hollywood backdrop was photographed for the Beverly Palms scenes. I also cracked up at his Gale Gordon impression.
  16. Loving these, Jimmy!! Thanks for all your hard work but betting "labor of love"!!
  17. Yep. It seems like she's had a big chip on her shoulders for years, if not decades, regarding her mother. That's just my opinion though based on some interviews I've seen.
  18. Lucie told Aaron to “take the gloves off” in depicting her mother. https://people.com/movies/aaron-sorkin-says-lucille-balls-daughter-gave-him-permission-to-show-moms-tough-side-in-new-movie/
  19. Danny and Tallulah are definitely my overall favourites of the hour shows. Uranium would have to be third. The chase scene is terrific, and probably my favourite moment from the series, but the events leading up to it are rather slow. Also, maybe MacMurray wasn’t the best choice for guest star in that outing. Somebody with a little more pep might’ve brought more energy to the proceedings…like Jeff Chandler or Jack Lemmon, perhaps? Even Lucy said Fred was a total square, but a nice man, and admitted their different styles of comedy didn’t mesh well.
  20. I agree with the posters upthread that it's odd that The Operetta isn't on there, since she later told Lee Tannen that this was one of her favorite episodes. It's also weird to see Lucy and Orson Welles on that list, since Lucille Ball later described Welles as being pompous and overbearing (if Jim Brochu's book is to be believed.) At one point, Lucille Ball also apparently referred to this as "the episode where I got a broomstick up my ass" (referring to the finale.)
  21. In an interview focusing on her upcoming non-Lucy debut in "KO Kitty", she's asked what her favorites are and mentioned a few with the surprising inclusion of "the one we did with Edward Everett Horton ("Lucy Plays Cupid"). Evidently "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" had already been filmed but had not yet aired. She says "that one turned out quite well"......which is an UNDERSTATEMENT. When people discuss the hour shows, the favorite named most often is "Tallulah". It's a close 2nd to "Danny", my favorite. Everyone was justifiably proud. It won some sort of award. Writers Guild? Directors Guild? Not sure which (or maybe both). The following spring with the TV season over, TV Guide listed the greatest TV offerings of the 58-59 season. Most were specials but "Danny" got a mention. The only other show with regular characters was an episode of Father Knows Best "Kathy Grows Up", which I have since seen (and don't know why it was singled out). Who knew "Makes Room" was going to be the last high-water mark for the Ricardo/Mertz format? When CBS ran the hours as a summer replacement series, they were shown completely out of order, but in the same sequence each year: Danny, Havana, Grable/Horse and Chevalier/Mexico being the first four. Berle was 5th if I recall. Tallulah was not shown until well into the run. Depending on when the new season started in the fall, they didn't always run all 13. The last 3 shown were Howard/Ida, Kovacs and Paul Douglas but they didn't always get an airing. Both Douglas and Kovacs died within a short time after their episode was done. I had no idea who either of them were. The Howard/Ida episode: you really miss the Mertzes. The bit where people are in the same house but one couple doesn't know the other is there, doesn't quite work for me, but it was trotted out again for the Carol Channing pilot and a Mothers In Law episode (I think). I haven't seen "KO Kitty" is quite some time. The print I have is very poor. So I don't remember whether it's good or not. I think CBS was pleasantly surprised that the first airing of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was such a huge ratings hit. Enough so that they were run an additional 4 times as a series, the last run being the summer of 1967, by which time evening TV had gone all-color. So LDCH has the distinction of being the series that had the most prime time showings and the last network offering in b/w.
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