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  1. 3 points
    Re: Lucy's answer to Gary Collins/Hour Magazine question: "(without Vivian) would you ever do a series with another woman?". (Answer: a definite "No, sir.") Speaking for Mary Jane Lewis, all I can say is "WELL!!! What was I? Chopped Chipmunk Liver???"
  2. 3 points
    Well considering that they got the amount WAY off it already is a crap review. And if you are going to say you watched this with her then maybe provide a bit more details. Were you the liquor store delivery boy and she said, 'hey kid, come watch this piece of trash they forced me to make!" Did they watch it when it aired, or from her private collection years later. Yeah, so much crap here. I got to thinking. I might know who this is. Given the name and some social media run ins and a mention in someone's book, it's all starting to gel.
  3. 3 points
    "Mames Maimed!" where it is revealed that the skier who broadsided Lucy up at Snow Mass was Angela Lansbury, who later claimed she only intended to wish Lucy good luck in the show business "break a leg" tradition.
  4. 2 points
    On the Home Theater Forum website someone posted that next week CBS will release the first season of "Miss Brooks" as a made on demand DVD set. See post #3577 https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/is-the-b-w-era-of-tv-on-dvd-slowly-coming-to-an-end.311401/page-179
  5. 2 points
    I don't know if anyone finds this interesting but sometimes I think about and find fascinating how fleeting time is and how close things were relative to the current year--when they seemed like ages apart, if that makes sense: (my math may need a little fact checking). If "Mame" was in production today, Lucille "too OLD for the role" Ball would have been born in 1958, the same year as Megan Mullaly, Bebe Neuwirth, Annette Benning, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Pfeiffer, Holly Hunter, Jamie Lee Curtis AND EVE PLUMB!!---any one of which seems age-appropriate now. If "Life with Lucy" was airing this season, Here's Lucy would have ended its run in 2007, I Love Lucy would have premiered in 1983 and the Ernie Kovacs Comedy Hour would have aired in 1992. Lucy would have been born in 1944. Marriage to Gary: 1994. Wildcat: 1993-4. Today, the rustic old days of "Wildcat"'s Centavo City: 1970
  6. 2 points
    Heaven's loudspeaker: "TELEPHONE FOR WALTER PIDGEON"
  7. 2 points
    This was the sort of perspective I was hoping for. Though I thought Lucy's LWL make-up was too harsh, she moved like a much younger woman. (Example: her entrance dancing to "Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs"--was that a real group??). And the critic reaction WAS quite ageist, and unfair--always stating she was 75 and "shouldn't be doing" what she could still do. Now that some of these critics are themselves probably 75, maybe they see things a little differently. Writer is right about supporting cast. With the exception of Leonard (and of course Gale), they were as bland as bland can be. In retrospect, the premiere was as good as anyone could expect it to be. (But--ONCE AGAIN-- shame on director and/or editor for including the foam output of a second extinguisher.) And BYW, Lucy's first "I'll never do another....can't top what....." came after LDCH, 2 year before The Lucy Show. One misquote: "Stone Pillow" was CBS not ABC. (Luckily when Lucy Moved to NBC, she got a round-trip ticket.) The "Stone Pillow" history depends on the writer. Some have referred to it as a failure, both critically and ratings-wise. Here, the writer is closer to the truth. While not a ground-breaking TV movie, it scored in the top 10 for the week--a major accomplishment considering it was opposite a segment of ABC's very popular "Helen & Ann" * mini-series. *excuse me: that was "North and South(ern)"
  8. 2 points
    I know how you feel. Battling traffic home last night in the rain. 'People stop being stupid and go, I've got rare Lucy to watch." On my couch later watching episode one while shoving sandwiches in my mouth and telling Charlie, just ignore some of the bad jokes and watch Jenny Lewis.
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    Plus, a little logo redecoration today in honour of tomorrow's release.
  11. 2 points
    Got the official "DELIVERED" notification. Now just to get through work and I'm ready for an all night binge. I'm heading straight to the extras first. I have most of the Gary Collins stuff but it's going to be nice to see it clearly and for those who haven't seen it, it's a great interview.
  12. 2 points
    A photo caption mentions the DVD release. It is a good article. Donovan Scott is also interviewed.
  13. 1 point
    I love the bonkers part. I caught the documentary done on him after his book came out. Seeing him tell these stories actually was less creditable then reading them in his book.
  14. 1 point
    Just finished watching my dvd set and thoroughly enjoyed it! I know reviews back in the day said she was too old and it was a rehash. Here’s my take. I always thought Lucy Ricardo would be a fun friend, Lucy Carmichael a cool aunt and Lucy Carter a fun mom. After watching Life with Lucy, I see Lucy Barker as a fun grandma. I now feel like I’ve been able to experience the full life cycle of the “Lucy” character. I’m really pleased about that! When the price goes does on the LWL set, I’m going to buy a back up copy! I ❤️ Lucy!
  15. 1 point
    Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs actually do exist.
  16. 1 point
    Speaking for Vanda: "Well, Diamond Jane Brady coytaintly didn't like workin' much with the ladies! If she keeps that up, she'll be in hawt watah!"
  17. 1 point
    I personally think the idea of Meadows joining was more a secret wish for certain writers and crew members than a fully considered idea. As to whether or not she was approached and turned down the offer, I can't say. "Mother of the Bride" may have been the 8th episode to air, but it was the 12th one shot, second to last. It was only a week later they found out the series was cancelled. So if there was talk of Audrey coming aboard, it likely would've only been a very brief consideration before being rendered moot. Had the series continued, it might've been nice to see her appear on a recurring basis to freshen things up, but I, too, can't see her being incorporated as a regular. It would've complicated things even further.
  18. 1 point
    My DVD was expected to arrive on Tuesday so I was happily surprised to see that it came today. With the unparalleled picture clarity, the nuances of Lucy and Gale's performances stand out more than ever. The extent to which Lucy elevates the material is nothing short of incredible, but we all know that. Like everyone else, the quality and special features are the real thrill for me. The main thing that I've been trying to look for is any sign of development over the episodes. You'd think that after the reviews and ratings started to come in, somebody would've put their foot down and done some tweaking, but I don't see much. The first half of the season has a lot of great physical comedy while the unaired episodes are a much better showcase for the family and their dynamic. If only the show had been given the full season it was promised- I think there would have been a lot more to dissect. Also, the Hour Magazine interview makes me consider the credibility of that longstanding rumor that Audrey Meadows was approached to be a regular cast member. Lucy's reverence for Viv is so heartwarming. I don't know how Audrey would have been as a second banana; Lucy and Curtis already have their well-established love/hate relationship and I think that yet another character would have been a misstep.
  19. 1 point
    Here's one that I spotted. I was expecting more extras but I will take what I can get. I thought they were going in production order on this DVD set but I guess not. Interesting. Loved the fun fact in this DVD review that Life with Lucy was filmed on videotape. Lucy's previous TV work wasn't. I wonder why those chose different. https://www.hometheaterforum.com/life-with-lucy-the-complete-series-dvd-review/
  20. 1 point
    My copy has FINALLY arrived!!! Yipppeeee!!! Now I'm watching the premiere episode. Plan to watch all of the episodes of the first disc, at least, by tonight.
  21. 1 point
    "and Lucy’s last major stab at TV stardom...." Yeah, it's a shame Lucy's career never went anyplace after the pictures.
  22. 1 point
    Here are photos from an eBay listing:
  23. 1 point
    I got to thinking this morning about jobs in the McGibbon family. When Lucy and Curtis move in it’s mentioned that they can help with the finances since Margo’s job doesn’t pay a lot and Ted is in law school. I have lots of questions. Was Ted working before he went to law school and saved up the money for school from his previous job? Was it ever established that he is working while going to law school? How was the family with 2 kids getting along before the grandparents showed up with their hardware money? Was Margo the only one making money in the house before then? What did she do for a job, I don’t think that was ever mentioned?
  24. 1 point
    Donovan posted this story on his Facebook the other day about how he got the part on LWL. HOLLYWOOD TALES OF DONOVAN SCOTT In July of 1986 while visiting family in Maui I got a call from my agent that Lucille Ball wanted to talk with me about doing her next series. I thought it was a joke. But when I returned to the mainland, I was invited by the “Queen of Comedy” to come to her house. Aaron Spelling (who was producing the show), had shown Lucy a pilot I had done for Mr. Spelling, (Scared Silly) ,in hopes she would like one of the two leads, she did not pick the romantic guy, Spelling was pushing, she wanted the other guy, the fat funny one, who was me. ME!! Lucy wanted me! I met at her house, we talked and laughed for about an hour, taking about movies I had done and people we had worked with, and then we played backgammon, we laughed for another hour or so. The whole time I was in my head wondering if I had blow the interview because we were no longer talking shop. Instead we were telling jokes, and I was watching to see if Lucy was cheating at backgammon because she was beating my so quickly. She was cheating, but who’s going to call the queen out? I would just say, “How about 2 out of 3…. 4 out of five, and so on, until Gary Morton, her husband said, they had a dinner engagement, and I was shown to the door and on my way out Lucy stopped me at the door and said “Oh by the way kid, you got the job”!! I remember floating out the door and the rest of the day is and was a complete blur. This was a dream come true, like most of America I grew up with the antics of this woman, learned comedy from this woman, and was inspired to become a comedic actor BECAUSE of this woman, and now I would be working with one of the 3 people who influenced my whole life. The other two were Jerry Lewis and Lou Costello. We rehearsed and shot on the set at 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, now called the Lot. (I think it was called Warner Hollywood Studios at the time), off of Formosa and across from the Famous Formosa café. It was 6 blocks from my apartment, but I would still drive to the set , because I had my first parking space in a studio lot. THIS WAS TRULY HOLLYWOOD. It was a great experience, a highlight in my fantastic career. We were scheduled to shoot 22 episodes, we shot 13 but were cancelled after eight episodes aired, the other 5 episodes have never been seen, UNTIL NOW!! On October 8th all thirteen episode will be on sale. I can’t wait for this to happen, I have never seen any of these episode in good quality DVD and can’t wait to relive the wonderful moments we had in making the series. How lucky I have been.
  25. 1 point
    I also read or maybe it was just heard through the grapevine that he would call her late and night and she didn't want to get off the phone but in the morning was tired.
  26. 1 point
    Nice article. LWL does seem like it would have fit better as part of a TGIF style block of programming. Nevertheless, glad it's finally out. Next I wonder if CBS will do a complete mega set of ILL, LDCH, TLS, and LWL?
  27. 1 point
    at least now its out for delivery
  28. 1 point
    Thanks for the pictures! Video certainly looks better than any copies that've circulated to date. The menus are a bit amateurish but not too bad. I wish they'd used more publicity stills and not just screenshots from the episodes themselves. I'll try to get a copy ASAP.
  29. 1 point
    Another detail much clearer to me now. Check out the photos in the back. Pretty sure the black and white towards the left is Gary. The color one in the back, grandkid?
  30. 1 point
    The quality looks fantastic! I can't wait!
  31. 1 point
    Can't wait for the reviews from anyone who gets the package tonight. Still waiting for mine to ship out of Amazon.ca.
  32. 1 point
    I ordered through bullmoose.com (first time doing that) as they had it $5 cheaper than Amazon with free shipping. According to my tracking it got to my local post office at 6:30a today and is expected for delivery today by 8pm. So we'll see but I am going to be really happy if I get it a day early.
  33. 1 point
    II think we may have an answer to when this was filmed. The clipping is dated March 10, 1960 so 'last month' puts us in Feb. 1960.
  34. 1 point
    The multi-talented Diahann Carroll has passed away 84. She was a Tony winner and an Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy nominee. I've always been surprised she hadn't received more accolades in recent years, like the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award or the Kennedy Center Honor, for her groundbreaking career. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/diahann-carroll-dead-pioneering-actress-julia-dynasty-was-84-1196051
  35. 1 point
    Oh I'm excited about the extras. I have some of the Gary Collins interviews and they are really nice. Lucy gets really chocked up when Gale reads some wonderful praise about Lucy.
  36. 1 point
    The show was NOT shot on video tape. It was transferred to tape from film elements. This reviewer is mistaken on that. It doesn't have that pure videotape look shows like "The Golden Girls" have. A Facebook post mentioned production order, hence why I repeated it here. I guess that was premature. Nice to see some bonus features, all of which look worthwhile. I truly wasn't expecting any, to be honest.
  37. 1 point
    You made Carol laugh. Wow. There's something to tell the grandkids! Good question re: Red Skelton! There are so many topics she tends not to be asked about or bring up. Personally, I'd love to know about her snubbing the later years of Mama's Family or suing Family Guy, but I'd never have the guts to ask THOSE questions. Kudos for sticking to the positive.
  38. 1 point
    It was brief, of course, but we did joke around a little (how many people can say they’ve made Carol Burnett laugh), and I asked about her sharing a workspace with Red Skelton (as I recently mentioned in the Judy thread), because I don’t think it’s an aspect of her time on the show that usually gets mentioned. She’s extremely kind and approachable, and not in a phony way. There’s a reason she can still sell out a 2,500 seat theater at big prices.
  39. 1 point
    That’s one of Ethel’s insults when trying to pick a fight in The Ricardos Are Interviewed. Ethel says that Lucy’s bridge playing may “bring back Mahjong.”
  40. 1 point
    I've probably said this before, but......they cut a cute Lucy bit. I'm trying to remember the scene: Lucy is sitting at the restaurant table talking to the waiter. (I don't think Ben/Don has arrived yet.) She sipping on a drink with a stalk of celery in it. Reacting to something waiter said, she misses the straw and instead sucks on celery and pulls it out of the drink to look( in profile) at waiter as the scene ends. In the aired version, they ended the scene just 5 seconds too soon. That's my memory of it anyway. Hope I'm describing so you can visualize. I like the portrayal of Lucy Carter as sane and mature, but NOT THIS sane and mature. She's almost too sedate. Isn't there a funnier middle-ground between this and "Gorboona"? The werewolf make up was applied REAL TIME as we listened to Don Knott's Ben-Fred story, with Lucy saying her lines off camera. (I'll have to come up with a shorthand version of "I've probably said this before, but.....". Any suggestions? However, I figure if any crowd is used to "reruns", this is it).
  41. 1 point
    Time to commemorate the first century of our own Doris, born this day in 1919.
  42. 1 point
    I watched Lucy Goes on Her Last Blind Date. Although the too silly last minute of the episode prevents me from putting this in my top episode list, I wish there were more episodes like this one. Lucy is presented as smart and sophisticated, far different from the early episodes of the series. Lucy also looks terrific in the episode. I wish there were were many more episodes with Mary Jane, Vanda, and Sam in the coffee shop. I love Lucy’s interplay with her friends.
  43. 1 point
    Sid Haig, who played the mummy in Lucy and the Monsters and one of the enemy agents in Lucy and the Great Airport Chase, has died at 80. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sid-haig-dead-house-1000-corpses-star-dies-at-80-1242420
  44. 1 point
    I remember around the time TVLand was getting started there was a commercial where a guy was saying shows that were coming soon to the network and Here's Lucy was one of them. Too bad it never aired. It would have been a good fit for the channel back then.
  45. 1 point
    OMG, this could've been one of Lucy's specials where she played herself, detailing the Mame feud.
  46. 1 point
    Ahahaha, love it! I'd totally watch the spinoff, The Brilliant Ms. Barra
  47. 1 point
    I love these photos! This was a August 1971 event at the Hollywood Bowl for Nosotros, a group Ricardo Montalban founded to increase acting opportunities for Hispanic performers.
  48. 1 point
    Thanks to Brock’s recommendation I checked out the Martha Hunt documentary. In it the 2 part radio program Hollywood Fights Back from 1947 is mentioned. So that reminded me of something Lucy said in her HUAC testimony in 1953. Below is a link to the radio show and what she said on it. Followed by her HUAC testimony. I’m almost positive that this radio show she is talking about is the Fights Back program but she is confusing what she talked about with something else. Lucille Ball recites Article 1 from the Bill of Rights: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. It’s so important, she repeats it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6HpeyPjYxI HUAC testimony How-ever, I do recall I was at a studio, and I was working on a picture, and I got a call in the afternoon. I don't know who called me. I assume now — I did then — it was the Screen Actors Guild, but I can be wrong. I don't know who called me now. It was something that was through a union or the studio wouldn't have felt compelled to send me off a set and hold up production until I got back. It had nothing to do with me. I got the call to go to a radio station. As I remember, it was M-G-M — it may not have been. I remember an executive excused me and sent me to this broadcast.I got down there and said, "What am I supposed to do?" She said, "Dorothy Petersen" — whoever she is — "she is ill. We have to go on the air." I haven't seen her in years; I don't know her. She said, "Will you read this?" It was a long petition, or whatever you call them, as I recall. As I recall — I am not sure of this — it was about the Okies upstate California, Fresno or some place, about admitting the Okies. I read it. They thanked me, and they sent me back to work. I don't know how long after that that it was that I was called downtown in an FBI office and asked why I did it. Apparently, it was wrong. It was my first knowledge it was wrong. I had no answer at all, because I hadn't done it of my own volition. 1 had been sent there. It didn't seem wrong to go some place the studio had sent you. I tried to explain why I had done it. I had no reason except I had been called. Mr. Wheeler. How long ago did you go to the FBI? Miss Ball. I have no idea. I have no idea when I did this broadcast. I have no idea how long after that they called me. But that is the first time I ever Mr. Wheeler. It was 3 or 4 years ago? Miss Ball. It is more than that. Mr. Wheeler. Did they discuss with you at that time Miss Ball. Must have been 6, 8, 9 years ago; maybe 10. There were two broadcasts. I don't know who sent me on the first one, and I don't know what the second one was about. It was something that everybody was doing. You just get asked to do these things. I again was called in at the last minute. I had nothing to do with whatever it was. I didn't know what I was doing, but you assumed at the time, when you are called by a union or one of your — I don't know who called me. I know both times 1 was called to replace someone.
  49. 1 point
    That's fair. I do enjoy it, but I've never found it to be the "be all, end all" of musicals the way so many do. I'm very selective when it comes to musicals - only a small handful truly excite me.
  50. 0 points
    God finally got Bill Macy for that at 97.
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