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  2. In Ricky and Fred are TV Fans, I love how Lucy snips her scissors at Sergeant Frank Nelson when they are released.
  3. Last week

    Gloria Vanderbilt has died at 95. I really enjoyed all of the art and family history on her Instagram, which was active until a week ago.
  5. New Lucy Books

    You are correct. Previous to 1947, this book lists the top money-makers of the year in alphabetical order without giving specific numbers or rankings top to bottom. The time period covers parts of 2 years. Though she's 3rd billed, "Easy to Wed" is considered a Lucy movie and did make the list of 1945-46. I guess MGM didn't appreciate Lucy's contribution because her contract with the studio was just about to end. "Ziegfeld Follies" "Thousands Cheer "Top Hat" and "Roman Scandals" also made the lists. One more reference: 15 female film scholars were asked to name the top movies featuring women of all time. "Dance Girl Dance" heads up the list compiled by one and was included in another.
  6. 1. Lucy Does a TV Commercial 2. Pioneer Women 3. Job Switching 4. The Milion Dollar Idea 5. Bonus Bucks 6. LA at Last 7. The Fashion Show 8. Lucy Gets in Pictures 9. The Dancing Star 10. Harpo Marx 11. Lucy Visits Graumann's 12. Lucy & John Wayne 13. Lucy Goes to Scotland 14. Lucy's Italian Movie 15. Lucy & Superman 16. The Christmas Show
  7. I always wondered if little touches like that were Lucy's idea or one of the props people having a little fun.
  8. I watched the four broken leg story arc episodes, which are all great episodes of the series. I never noticed before that in Harrison Carter, Male Nurse, on her dresser, Lucy has a framed picture of her and the kids dressed as “Ma Parker,” “Herman,” and “Mildred!”
  9. No. The colorized Lucy Goes To Scotland has never aired on TV. But will be included in this collection. It was a previous bonus feature on a dvd collection.
  10. We can't forget OJ- who, to put it mildly, was probably at his most-loved around 1973-74. As far as sixth season guest stars go, it was no small feat to hook Lucille Ball for an appearance!
  11. You inspired me to watch "Eddie Albert" again. This was done after "Mame". Lucy looks SO GOOD, proving once again that the soft-focus shots (at least to that extreme) were not necessary for the movie. We rarely saw Lucy's still-shapely legs by this time. The choreography is very similar to the Dan Daily show. This one was the 7th episode of the season and the first good one--and the first written by Bob & Madelyn. Their little touches do make a difference: references to real-life. "Joyce Haber's column" and "I saw him in 'Music Man'", which he did do on-stage. Eddie does bellow his lines, which according to legend is what Lucy insisted upon, though she herself doesn't do it so much. The 6th season really pepped up for the remainder of the run. Since they had Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor in the last 2 seasons, I wonder if they thought of having the Carters visit "Hooterville" for a Green Acres plot. When the guest stars for the upcoming season was signed, Bob and Madelyn got their first pick. So it's surprising that Helen Hayes was written by Fox&Jacobs. Imagine if they had done a "Celebrity Next Door/Talullah" remake with Helen and Lucy upstaging each other in another Girl Friday Follies show! With the exception of, I suppose, Steve&Eydie, the roster of 6th season guest stars wasn't exactly from the "A" list: Ed McMahon, Eddie, Chuck Connors, that Bow Wow Boutique guy, Foster Brooks, Arte Johnson, Andy Griffith, Joan Rivers (before she was really hot), and return visits from Danny Thomas, Milton Berle, Phil Harris, Jackie Coogan of course Frankie Avalon! whose career had peaked 10 years earlier.
  12. My earlier error...the Scotland episode was unaired, but released on DVD.
  13. Have 16 colorized episodes aired?
  14. Lucy on the Big Screen on Her Birthday!

    I purchased 8 tickets for my family. It was difficult to get good seats!
  15. Your (hilarious) joke prompted me to look up Janos Prohaska, which I assume I've never done before, because I don't think I knew that the poor guy died in a plane crash in 1974. I'd like to know how he ended up in Hollywood with a career as a proto-Doug Jones.
  16. Isn't there a "show" featuring a monkey in season four? It might have come earlier, but unsurprisingly that's not one that I revisit too often. As far as the 12 post-ILL seasons go, IMO the first year of The Lucy Show is the best, but seasons five and six of HL are an easy second. Honestly, I'd rank Life With Lucy above two or three of her other seasons. TLS's fifth year is the nadir as far as I'm concerned, although "Mooney The Monkey" can stand up against any episode of Kardashians, Riverdale, or The Bachelor as far as I'm concerned; and in a similar vein, two of the most maligned episodes of ILL, "Rodeo" and "Drafted" are laugh riots compared to this year's Outstanding Comedy Series winner. I agree that Bob & Madelyn's scripts were almost always exceptional, so one can't blame Lucy for keeping them on through the 80s, but that conversation has been done to death. Another tidbit about "Song and Dance" that came to mind: I noted how over the top Eddie Albert was pitched in this episode. Compare this with his Oscar-nominated role in The Heartbreak Kid two years earlier (directed by Elaine May, who HarryCarter and I were recently raving about). It's clear that Albert knew just what kind of a show he was on, and adjusted his performance accordingly. It makes me respect him quite a bit more, because that's not something actors are always able to do.
  17. !!! Maybe he tried on Prohaska's gorilla suit and got trapped inside.
  18. I too love your observations. Her "Making Whoopee" vocals are what I always bring up to point out that she sounded fine singing before and after "Mame". ("Goes Hawaiian" and "Bank Robbery Medley" before and "Whoopee" "Bouncing Back for More" and even the dreadful "Girlfriends of the Whirling Dervish" after). Had it not been for her vocals in "It's Today" especially those 2 first notes sung acapella (forever stuck in that craw of mine), her Mame singing is actually listenable and might not have been the subject of so much critical derision, but she sounded so much better around that time in other venues. Other than Candid Camera's Bank Robbery Medley (technically not putting on a show), I can't think of another putting-on-a-show musical performance by Lucy in the last 3 years. Seems like there were a LOT in the first 3 seasons. Are Mary Jane & Vanda's flapper outfits left over from Lucy & Carol's WW1 show? You wouldn't think cheapskate-y LBP would spring for 2 new costumes just for "Crime & Punishment"'s exit. And yes, I too would love to have seen their number. I think "Mot" came up with a spinoff series with MJ & Vanda as 2 crime fighting flappers. Bob & Madelyn's HL shows were always a cut above the others--with a few exceptions. At least there was a nod to SOME continuity in their episodes. Was the "Girl Friday's Association" mentioned in anyone else's scripts? Despite some real duffers, I think the 6th is also my favorite HL season. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the best of the entire 12 post-ILL seasons though.
  19. Lucy Sightings!

    This edition is 1979. First published in 77, it seems.
  20. Lucy Sightings!

    I think this may be the oldest reference to I Love Lucy I've heard. 1952 episode of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Mistakenly Gracie thinks George is going to kill himself. Harry Morton asks Gracie " I don't know why George would kill himself. Did he see the I Love Lucy show?"
  21. Lucy Sightings!

    That's very cool. What year did the book come out?
  22. Lucy Sightings!

    Miss Ball says Miss Clooney’s autobiography is a helluva book. There were never such devoted neighbours...
  23. Earlier

    Sylvia Miles has passed away and suddenly the world is a little less wild. I know it’s been praised to death, but her one brief scene in Midnight Cowboy is a sight to behold.
  25. Lucy Gives Eddie Albert the Old Song and Dance is a top ten favorite for me. You have great observations. There’s a little moment I love in the office with Lucy and Eddie where she affectionately touches his jacket as he’s talking to her. They worked so well together. I always wondered if Jerry Hausner’s “Jimmy” character was supposed to be Sid Gould as Sam and Sid was unavailable. (Doing what? I have no idea.) But I recently saw the original script to the episode and it was always Jimmy. And how I would have loved to have seen “Crime and Punishment!”
  26. "Lucy Gives Eddie Albert The Old Song and Dance" is a ridiculously entertaining episode- and a ridiculously long title. It comes from my very favorite season of Here's Lucy, and one of the best post-ILL seasons, period. Sure, the premise and the jokes are well-worn, but when they're being delivered by so many "ghosts" of Lucy shows past, it feels like a knowing nod to the wonderful formula that was coming to a close after a quarter century. At a time when series finales weren't really a thing, let alone the forethought and fan service that goes into tying up loose ends during the final seasons of today's long-running shows, Here's Lucy has a surprising amount of closure during its last year. This episode alone has appearances from MJC, Doris Singleton, and Jerry Hausner, and what I can only assume is a veiled reference to Richard Widmark's grapefruits and maybe even Bob and Madelyn bringing back the Long, Long Trail from "TV Antenna". It probably wasn't intentional, but when old timer Eddie Albert jokes about the X-Rated material he expects from his new script and Mary Jane mentions how a 20s themed show would be old fashioned, it feels like the show is acknowledging how it's undoubtably entertainment of another era. A few other stray things I noticed: -When Mary Jane makes her Englebert Humperdinck joke and goes into a wheezing laugh, it looks like Lucy is caught off guard, and possibly ad libs "You silly goose". If this really was unplanned, I love it, and I love the fact that it shows how Mary Jane could elevate material. -Lucy reaches into her purse to show Eddie Albert a picture of Dean Martin's knobby knees. Obviously this was the payoff to the earlier line about "The Dingaling" possibly having a gun in her purse, but I would at least like to know why and how Lucy Carter carries a picture of Dean Martin's exposed knees with her. -I wish we could see Mary Jane and Vanda's "Crime and Punishment" routine. -Lucy's own voice is featured in "Makin' Whoopee", and it's absolutely fine, proving once again that Mame's problems lie elsewhere. -At Eddie Albert's house, when he tries to tell Lucy that he doesn't want to do the show, she immediately launches into a fast paced mish-mash of dialogue about how wonderful and adorable he is while walking out the door. On the surface, one could assume that it's just the ditzy Lucy character not being able to read the room, but Lucy's performance suggests otherwise. Lucy is too experienced a manipulator to not realize what Eddie is trying to say. I think that Lucy (the character) knew exactly how to play Albert and make him think that she was an airhead in order to skirt the issue, which is a brilliant choice from Lucy (the actress). The same thing goes for the scene at the office where she guilts him into doing it with talk of the underprivileged kids, although it's more obvious that she's being manipulative- just look at her eyes when Eddie joins her in singing!
  27. Lucy favourite Steve Lawrence has announced his battle with Alzheimer's. Poor guy. https://ew.com/music/2019/06/11/steve-lawrence-alzheimers-diagnosis/
  28. Lucy favourite Steve Lawrence has announced his battle with Alzheimer's. Poor guy. https://ew.com/music/2019/06/11/steve-lawrence-alzheimers-diagnosis/
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