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  2. I had hoped the special features would delve a bit more into the film itself rather than a sole focus on Dorothy Arzner but this is a great release. One wonders what else they could have included in the extras, what could be lingering in the vaults.
  3. It will be so disappointing not to see everyone this year, but the Saturday Zoom meetings are certainly helping to fill the void.
  4. Watched "Lucy Helps Danny Thomas" the other night. Still don't care for it. Lucy acted like an idiot in this episode. And Gale Gordon was hardly in this episode. The interactions between Lucy and Danny (the main players of this poor episode) weren't that funny. And that bit with Lucy having trouble with that head thing was very reminiscent of the classic "Lucy Gets Pictures" I Love Lucy episode and not nearly as funny if at all. I still rank this as one of the 10 worst episodes or bottom 10 of The Lucy Show.
  5. Oh that's great. I love that he was included in the book.
  6. A very sweet little story recounted by an alumnus of Lucy's high school who was able to interview her at the Forever, Darling premiere: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/lifestyle/2020/05/24/d-c-reader-once-interviewed-lucille-ball-jamestown-ny/5226837002/
  7. It also happened during Lilith's first appearance in season one, when she called into Frasier's show. The audience, recognizing that unmistakable voice, let out a hearty mix of laughter and applause. In those instances, it worked, because home viewers would react the exact same way.
  8. It’s interesting that Ken pointed out Viv’s Rhoda appearance as an example, because her entrance in that episode has been stuck in my mind ever since I first saw it. She does get entrance applause in the episode, but it’s very brief and not especially warm, which surprised me. Now it makes sense that the audience had already seen her, so this second round was more subdued. That, or maybe the applause was edited in; I’d have to rewatch. Contrary to what he says, I remember MTM shows having a standard level of applause, at least for guest stars. Let’s not forget the ridiculous hoopla that would greet “Hi, I’m Larry...” every week. Frasier is the one show that always comes to mind for a “No Applause” rule. The only time I remember it happening was for Ted Danson’s guest appearance in the show’s second season.
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  10. Very interesting. Lucy would always be introduced to her audience on her shows before the show, thus no enternce applause. But when Life With Lucy rolled around Gary didn't have her do preshow introduction thus the roar when she entered the scene.
  11. Well I figured this was coming. Rescheduled for 2021. https://tickets.comedycenter.org/Info.aspx?EventID=22
  12. In the finale of Mrs. America, Betty Friedan mentions Lucie Arnaz, Paul Newman, and Carl Reiner as runners in an ERA run in the Hamptons. Although the scene appeared to take place in November 1980, the actual run was in September 1979. Lucie would have been eight months pregnant in November 1980!
  13. Ken Levine has revealed he was at the filming of Vivian's guest spot on Rhoda. He shares a lovely anecdote about her introduction and the ovation she received. http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2020/05/entrance-applause.html
  14. Bub was mentioned a few times after he left, but was never referenced again after that season.
  15. Bill Frawley appeared as the celebrity guest on "I've Got a Secret" in May of 1965. His secret: "I introduced the song "Melancholy Baby". I have not seen this "Secret" show. Other than his wonderful cameo on The Lucy Show that fall, it was his only TV appearance after "My Three Sons". I believe "Secret" was done in New York City meaning Bill traveled cross-country. His last "Sons" episode aired on Jan. 7, 1965 "Woman's Work" : "Steve and the boys share the household chores when Bub goes to Ireland to visit his 104 year old aunt." (I wonder if she was a lint-freak too). I don't know if his trip was written in as permanent but he apparently stayed there. The next "Sons" episode on Jan. 14th introduced his brother Charlie played by William Demerest. I wonder if "Bub" was ever mentioned again. "Sons" was still on ABC at the time. It would move to CBS in color in the fall of 1965 and run for another 7 years (12 in all and 11 of them made the top 30). Frawley had become uninsurable and did not take his "Sons" ousting well. He died the following March (1966). He had a good run though. 14 years as a regular on 2 series (3 if you count the LDCHs), starting at an age when most actors have trouble getting work, 64, and enjoyed steady employment until age 77. His wikipedia page points out something interesting. Fred MacMurray did all of his scenes for the whole season's worth of episodes in 2 months. After he was done, the rest of the cast did their reaction shots and scenes without him.
  16. Nice catch. I wonder if it's just a mistake. But then if not it's a very astute artist.
  17. I wonder if this is intentional. It's a plot point that Judy (Maureen O'Hara) has blue eyes and Bubbles doesn't.
  18. Ken Osmond, who memorably played Eddie Haskell on Leave it to Beaver, has died at 76.
  19. Marlene Dietrich was at Bill Frawley's funeral?
  20. Bill Frawley's funeral.
  21. I don't know if this has been shared here before (heck, maybe I've even shared it), but tonight I remembered this very funny segment from This American Life that features a little talk about Lucy: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/45/media-fringe/act-four It's featured on some 20-year-old CD set of the show that was in our house for many years, and in the days before you could stream anything and everything online, I'd often pull it out for a few laughs.
  22. Lucky! I have no idea how it would happen, but I still would love to stumble across her in public some day. Heck, it's happened with a few of my favorite celebs, so I haven't given up hope. Unfortunately, I'm pretty far away from the West Coast, so the opportunity hasn't risen yet. If I make it to Hollywood soon, I'll have to do some Lucy-style celebrity hunting.
  23. These have been my pick for awhile. In terms of set design, the Connecticut house is really wonky, but it's still the nicest place the gang ever inhabited, save for maybe the Beverly Palms suites. "Raises Chickens" isn't the most outstanding episode (I watched it last month with some family), but "Tango" is so, so iconic, you'd think it would be an easy pick. I wonder why the colorization gang has stalled so long on doing a Connecticut episode of ILL or even a Comedy Hour.
  24. Interesting idea; if I had to choose out of this list (based on my DVD collection), it'd be "Safari", because you can't beat a good Gorboona, "Italian Bombshell", because I miss Kaye Ballard, and "Eddie Albert", because it's an episode I never get tired of.
  25. Actually, during the lunch-packing segment of the day, we're treated to lectures on social justice from various representatives of the organization. Always twenty-something college students who are a little too meek for the subjects they're covering. Can't fault them for being genuine, but jeez, take a page from Jane Fonda at start yelling once in awhile; we're not going to get offended. (I sound a bit like Omar Whittaker right now) A little of that Rose Nylund spunk would be great.
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