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  1. 3 points
    "Lucy Finally Cuts Guess Who's G-String." Lucy learns that Kim has been secretly working as an exotic dancer to offset her increased living expenses since moving into Uncle Herb's building. Planning to stop Kim, Lucy and Harry go undercover into the seedy club run by Dirty Jack. But upon seeing Harry, Dirty Jack instantly says "Hiya, Harry. You going to make it rain again tonight?"
  2. 2 points
    Inspired by Neil's recent posting of an incorrect summary for "LA at Last," it got me thinking of other times TV Guide or newspapers posted summaries that may have been partially correct but overall completely missed the point. Like that infamous one for The Wizard of Oz: "A young woman arrives in a foreign land to discover she has killed, then conspires with three strangers to kill again." Let's come up with some joke summaries for Lucy episodes that intentionally miss the point along similar lines, or else get information blatantly misconstrued. Lucy Does a TV Commercial: An intoxicated housewife breaks a television set, impersonates a single woman and singlehandedly ruins her husband's variety show. Ethel's Birthday: A TradWife refuses to wear pants to the theatre. Lucy Wants to Move to the Country: A group of urbanites escape to the countryside by impersonating a band of criminals. Mr. & Mrs. TV Show: A vindictive housewife sabotages her husband's TV show by slandering an innocent sponsor. Lucy Raises Tulips: A woman resorts to desperate and illicit measures to aid the wax tulip industry. Lucy Gets Her Wires Crossed: An old woman breaks a vibrating lounge chair and causes the entire country to fear for her safety.
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  4. 2 points
    Don't know if we have Patricia Clarkson, but this comes from 2014. “I didn’t think about being a movie star when I was a young girl but my father and I had a huge love of Peter Sellers and Lucille Ball. Those are the people I remember from my childhood, of imprinting on me or having an effect on me. I was obsessed with Lucille Ball, I watched her all the time. I just loved her, and still, I have these beautiful neighbours who live across the hall from me, these twins who I’m quite close to who are now 13, and they have this incredible love for her too. We just sit and talk about our favourite episodes and relive the candy factory or the Martian. I could never pick a favourite episode; that would be sacrilegious. You can dissect it and pull apart what made her great but she was just fucking funny. And it just remains so, it never wavers, it never lessens, the impact of her comedic ability – it just remains great.”
  5. 2 points
    The past few night I’ve been enjoying the first season of The Lucy Show. Often, I go right to my favorite episodes of a season but I’m watching all the rest this go around. Lucy Drives A Dump Truck. For being named that, this action only happens in the last ¼ of the episode. The fire department meetings seem to take up the bulk of this episode. Lucy’s wig in this episode is really nice. Very full and lots of nice curls. Top notch job by Irma this week. Both when Lucy is nervous about giving her speech and about the court martial, her demeanor is very nice. She really makes you feel bad for her. In later Lucy Shows or Here’s Lucy she tended to over do this type of scene but here she is more understated. Even when she pleads to Thelma and Mary Jane. It’s not pushy, just sad. The phone call among the newspaper stacks is so well done. As the bad news keeps growing Lucy keeps hiding further down in the papers. Great blocking to have that section constructed to allow her to hide from the others yet still be seen by the cameras. And my favorite little part among the papers is when Thelma finally leaves and says goodbye, all you see is the door open and close and the others says goodbye back. It makes me giggle for some reason. Once they get to the dump truck scene, I’m annoyed at that cop. Geeze, maybe you might want to help these ladies instead of keep giving them tickets. The episode also ends so abruptly with the cop being buried by the papers. Did they get any more tickets? Did the cop finally take pity on them? How did they get all the papers cleaned up? So from the time they had all those newspapers stacked in the living room until Don Shapre (nice drop on Lucy’s agent’s name) lets Lucy know she can get rid of them, where do they go? The court martial meeting takes place in a newspaper free living room.
  6. 2 points
    Episode nine of this season airs tonight. The Lucy episode should be number 16.
  7. 2 points
    Yup, and I’m personally not in the mood to sit on an uncomfortable arena seat amid a sea of baseball caps of questionable colour.
  8. 2 points
    I feel like the LWL/Lucy bashing is so much worse because in hindsight we know how it affected Lucy and that it happened only a couple of years before her passing. Not that I'm defending any of those schmucks, but at the time they probably didn't think that it would end up being her last real project or that it would hurt her so deeply. It's hard to think of an analogous situation because Lucy's legacy was so enormous and LWL's reception was so absurd. Last season's Murphy Brown revival comes to mind; the network trying to ride a current trend by pumping a ton of money into a project that reunited a cast and show runner who were 70+, although by comparison, Murphy's ratings performance and even the reviews were a lot better than Lucy's. Even today, when it feels like everyone has lost all of their tact when it comes to spouting opinions and criticisms, LWL's reviews seem particularly nasty. The closest I've seen to anyone making comments that pig-headed is Laura Ingraham, who is really filling the void that Freida Claxton left.
  9. 2 points
    LOUDER, for those on social media. Part of this "not funny" does come from Lucy herself being quoted all those years saying "I'm not funny." Well this is a lady that also said she "wasn't sexy or a great beauty." She just couldn't see herself for what she really was and what other people saw in her.
  10. 2 points
    Tom Shales: I'm adding to my nose tweak a kick in the ass (I could hardly MISS) and a repeated Chinatown-"she's-my-daughter/sister" face slap. He wrote a book "Legends" published in 1989 and has a chapter on Lucy. He makes some good observations acknowledging her genius as Lucy Ricardo. Then like a lot of I Love Lucy-only purists, he lumps per post-ILL product up in a couple of sentences. The LDCHs he says "lack the spontaneity of the half-hours" (true for many; not true for some). "Ball continued with The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy but the chemistry just wasn't there" . Well, that's his opinion and he's not alone thinking that, but that's a lot of product--300 episodes--to characterize as all the same quality. (Until I added up 156 and 144, I hadn't realized that the total # of episodes was EXACTLY 300) After that fairly respectful treatment, he just can't let well-enough alone. He then feels the need to attack her LWL look, picking apart and making fun of her make-up. ("applying lipstick to lips that weren't there...."etc.) There's a picture of 'ol "Blubberface" on the dust jacket with a bio that states "He refuses to say how old he is" In 1989, he was 45. He got a Pulitzer Prize for CRITICISM in 1988. There was such a thing? And I get awfully tired of writers pointing out the Lucy was "not funny" off-stage. It's not that she wasn't funny, she just wasn't "on". She could be funny and witty but what these people don't seem to realize is that she was an actress playing a character and not a CLOWN.
  11. 2 points
    "The TV audience had grown too sophisticated for slapstick" Because people were so were so over it by Will and Grace they had to reboot the series. The nose tweak I keep picturing Lucy bopping Gale in the nose multiple times on his sunburn.
  12. 2 points
    Laugh-In's Jan 1968 debut. I'll NEVER forgive this show for knocking "The Lucy Show" out of its rightful #1 position in the 67-68 season rankings. For the first half of the season, TLS was the #1 show on the air. "LI" nibbled away just enough viewers the latter part of the season to put TLS 6/10ths of a ratings point behind #1 Andy Griffith Show. "Laugh-In" took a while to catch on but ended the season at #21. The next two seasons it would be #1, but Here's Lucy amazingly held its own. It just would have been wonderful if TWO of Lucy's series had ended their runs at #1. Always stuck in my CRAW.
  13. 1 point
    Sadly, semi-regretfully I was one of those "shnooks" who bought back then (gawd that had to be 30+ years ago!!) t he ENTIRE Columbia series on VHS and yes, it eventually featured every single episode of the series, including the "lost (long unaired) pilot) as well as the Christmas episode, with the last tape's theme being "From the Beginning to the End", quite appropriately (must have had the Statue ep on it); and if I recall that last tape had 4 episodes on it. My memory is fuzzy now as it's been too long but along with the priced reduction (a whopping $5 per tape!) at some point I believe they bumped up the episodes per tape from 3 to 4. And yes...I still have the entire collection as I now can't believe what I paid for 'em and I just haven't had the heart to get rid of them ... despite the fact I havent played them in years! Listen, nobody knew, and believe me if I'd had any inkling... that someday her entire OUVRE would be readily available on DVD and streaming I would probably not put out so much money for now nearly obsolete tapes.... but then, when Laser Discs first came along, I did the same damn thing!! Am I sorry now? For the most part.... but then I still have a Lucy "collectible" in my collection that I probably wouldn't have otherwise.... But again, damn, if we had just known DVDs were coming... and how WUNDAFUL they would be.... No use in looking back I guess... Can't re-write history! 😫
  14. 1 point
    There's been a fair amount of rain lately that has helped bring the fires more under control. Our area was very lucky to be in the middle of it by and large; the most dangerous fires never got too close. I'm hoping the worst is behind us by now, but you never know in this country!
  15. 1 point
    Author's Note: Couldn't think of a less annoying title, so please excuse me. So here's a hypothetical situation: One night, while you're on the computer pre-ordering your Criterion edition of Dance, Girl, Dance, a fire breaks out in your home! The ladies of Danfield's Volunteer Fire Brigade are able to save almost all of your valuables, loved ones, ceramic cats, etc. However, due to an ugly little story involving the feuding couple downstairs, you're in a full body cast. You realize that you only have the ability to salvage a couple of items from your Lucy collection before you hurtle yourself onto the awning below your bedroom window. What do you save? My first pick would be a VHS tape that my grandma recorded off of TV Land for me at least 15 years ago, featuring "Ricky Gets an Agent" and a couple of other episodes- not to mention those nostalgic TV Land bumpers, early 2000s commercials, and even the last five minutes of an episode of Get Smart. For me, it makes me think of back when access to these shows was still fairly limited, and since we never had cable, friends and family would record classic shows and movies for me. The other item I'd take would be Michael McClay's book, which is one of the first pieces of Lucy merchandising I ever had; I could barely even read when I got it, but I loved looking through all of the pictures (especially behind-the-scenes photos that showed the layout of the soundstage) and imagining what the episodes I hadn't seen were like. It's been thumbed through so many times that the pages came unglued from the cover! So if you had to pick, what are a few items from your Lucy collection that you would save above all others?
  16. 1 point
    "Legume Magnate" Great contributions!
  17. 1 point
    Tennessee Ernie Visits: When a naive, aspiring musician from the country forces his way into the lives of an urban married couple, the wife attempts to scare him away through seduction. Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter: An elderly woman injures and then kidnaps an actor, then forces her way into his upcoming stage production. Lucy and Lawrence Welk: A woman attempts to gaslight her visiting friend by blinding her and impersonating a bandleader. Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her: A housewife becomes increasingly paranoid when she suspects that her husband is having numerous extramarital affairs and plans to murder her. After being drugged by her husband, she confronts him and a pack of trained dogs at a nightclub. Lucy The Bean Queen: In an attempt to get new furniture, a woman and her friend successfully scam a series of supermarkets in the greater Los Angeles area before recklessly driving a forklift and nearly killing a legume magnate. I'd do one on "Ma Parker", but any description of that episode would sound bonkers.
  18. 1 point
    I love how so many of these sound less like comedies and more like horror films or serious drama. First Stop would make a great horror film.
  19. 1 point
    https://www.criterion.com/films/29633-dance-girl-dance One of Lucy's best movies and certainly one of the most acclaimed by film critics, Dance, Girl, Dance is being given the prestigious Criterion treatment!
  20. 1 point
    It took me a minute before my brain registered Fred & Ethel Fight, and I thought you were describing your actual current circumstances! Clever idea! If I had to pick and choose, I guess I'd toss the few Lucy dolls I collected out onto the awning, along with the original I Love Lucy DVDs with the full-color artwork. Given the bushfire threat we've been under, we still have emergency suitcases with valuables packed and ready. Maybe I'll learn from that and just pack up all my precious Lucy items into a padded suitcase to have waiting by the window at all times.
  21. 1 point
    Oh my! Where's Dave Woodman or Henry Lamar when you need him!!
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  23. 1 point
    I came across this excerpt from an old trade publication called, "Television Digest with Electronics Report" from September 4, 1954: "Most comedy scenes have little to gain from color, according to Jess Oppenheimer, producer of "I Love Lucy", but he's considering filming in color selected scenes which he believes will clearly benefit in color, inserting them in black and white programs." This was the season CBS filmed one color episode of "Burns and Allen", "Jack Benny", and "Lassie". So it wouldn't seem to be a stretch to have a ratings champ like "Lucy" filmed in color. Although a complete episode rather than one scene would make more sense because of the wardrobe, lighting, makeup changes needed for the switch between b&w and color.
  24. 1 point
    They have earlier in the festival a showcase of different comics and that always has women and they do late night comics in the Tropicana Room, where they have women as well. But you do make a good point. This is the second year in a row that the Friday night and Saturday night shows are men.
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  26. 1 point
    Mame's wardrobe closet was raided for Jane Alexander's costumes as Hedda Hopper in the 1985 TV movie Malice in Wonderland. Wearing Joyce Van Patten's Sally Cato costume. Ms. Alexander's scene partner here: Joyce Van Patten!
  27. 1 point
    Audio of a 1958 Tonight Show with guest host Orson Bean and guest Sid Gould!
  28. 1 point
    There is a manuscript. Lucie infact tried to sell it in an Ebay sale. Mary Rapaport won it but then Lucie found out the publishers owned it. Mary has the note Lucie sent appoligizing and 2 unpublished pages talking about the Celoron house. As for the tapes, portions were used in the scrapbook CDRom.
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  30. 1 point
    Definitely the end of an era. It’s always interesting to think about how he was the same age as Olivia de Havilland, but he didn’t make his first movie until after the war, 12 years after Olivia made her debut.
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    Well, I’ll be saving my money on these headliners. I hope the balance of the yet-announced events will be more...universally appealing.
  33. 1 point
    Thread on All That Chat about Catherine https://www.talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat_new/d.php?id=2478616
  34. 1 point
    I greatly enjoyed Still Here. However, there were some Stritch credits glossed over that I would have liked the author to have covered. There was no mention of Stritch starring in one of TV’s first sitcoms, The Growing Paynes. Stritch played the mother to a 12 year old. She was 23 at the time! Stritch actually played a different role in Loco than the one offered Lucy. Stritch played the daughter of Loco’s older love interest. If Lucy had done it, she and Stritch would have been on stage together. Imagine that! Loco became the Betty Grable plotline in How to Marry a Millionaire. Loco was written by Lucy’s good friends Dale and Katherine Eunson, who also wrote The Star for Lucy. Bette Davis, of course, ended up doing it.
  35. 1 point
    To make sure MJ fans see this, here's the terrific profile of her from Closer Magazine: https://www.closerweekly.com/posts/i-love-lucy-star-mary-jane-croft-lucille-balls-frequent-tv-sidekick/
  36. 1 point
    Such an astute commentary of this great episode, I have very little too add. Lucy IS the show, but the other 3 turn in great performances too. Lucy's initial stage fright eventually morphing into a professional performance is truly remarkable acting. It's so realistic, it's not really played for laughs. The only thing I find odd about this episode is the idea that Van Johnson had an act that played nightly at the hotel's showroom and that Lucy and Ethel (and the boys?) "see it most every night". (Also that he rehearses 2 or 3 hours every day.) But it's a perfect set-up for the idea that Lucy would know the partner's "How About You?" patter. We tend to forget that these episodes were done in 4 days, from table read to performance. Many, if not MOST, of Lucy's performances would suggest someone who worked on it for months, perfecting every little nuance. One more thing: Lucy rarely gave us the same bit TWICE. To her credit, she waited 10 years. When Ethel says "Maybe Charlie will let you stay", Lucy shoots her the same look she does in "Pat Collins" to Mary Jane when MJ admires the fur Lucy is trying on and says "Why don't you buy it, Lucy?"
  37. 1 point
    And he was just a kid when he brought Lucy over to NBC.
  38. 1 point
    I can't stand that strident bitch (Ingraham)
  39. 1 point
    Spot on. It's amazing how many people fail to recognise there's a difference between being a clown/comic and an actor with a flair for comedic characters. Apples and oranges. As for Shales and her later shows lacking chemistry - there may not have been the sustained consistency of writing that I Love Lucy employed, but the Ball/Gordon association would not have lasted as long as it did had the two of them not had chemistry.
  40. 1 point
    So much truth. What's interesting is I still see this today. People are shocked on social media when you burst their "Lucy" bubble. They know and love I Love Lucy but not so much her other shows. They adore Lucy and Desi together and romanticize the union so heavily they either don't know about or dismiss their second marriages. And God forbid you present anything that shows Lucille was nothing like she was on screen.
  41. 1 point
    He is exactly 75 as of this writing...the same age Lucy was when she did Life With Lucy. If he hasn't retired by now, he should, as he's clearly "too old" to be doing the same schtick he did in his 40s.
  42. 1 point
    When CBS ran The Lucy Show in the morning, they started with the color episodes and included the 30 b/w shows exactly twice. It was a little jarring to go from "Boss of the Year" to "Waits up for Chris". (Was this the same series?) I always preferred when they ran season 2 during the time I could watch: school holidays, summer. Having no idea about the change of staff between 2 and 3, I always wondered why season 3 did not have the same feel. It's very uneven. IMO, the new writers tended to make Lucy a bit harsher, bossier with few, if any tender moments. Though season 4 was Viv-less, I preferred it to 3. Season 2 is by far my favorite. Season 1 was great but seemed to run out of steam (compared to first half) as it progressed. Was it because of the loss of Desi as Executive Producer? For ratings trivia buffs, in the 10 seasons (62-63 to 71-72) in which TLS and HL made the top 10, it held every end-of-season summary position except #1, #5 and #7. Twice at #3, #4 and #6. Positions in order from TLS season 1 through HL season 4......4,6,8,3,4,2,9,6,3,10 and then 15, 29. Though season 3 of TLS had the lowest ranking of that series, season 5 actually had the lowest rating (but not by much). Referencing Freddie2's post about HL's phenomonal 3rd season #3 showing, I hadn't realized it was the only sitcom in the top 10, actually the top 14! The next one was #15 Mayberry and then from #19 to #22: My 3 Sons, Doris Day, The Smith Family (?? Henry Fonda?), Mary Tyler Moore and then "Partridge Family at #25 and no more sitcoms in the top 30. Other than Mary's 1st season, it was NOT a good year for TV sitcoms. Personal taste irony: the highest ranking season of both TLS and HL are my least favorite seasons of each series!
  43. 1 point
    I was hoping this story was going to end with skates at a dance....I love your posts.
  44. 1 point
    Here's a "Real Life Fred" moment. Last week, Max was frantically looking for his glasses. I'll give you a hint: if they were a snake, they'd have bitten him.
  45. 1 point
    Thrilled to see they have rectified last year’s appalling oversight and included Kaye tonight! Perfect image of her!
  46. 1 point
    Whenever the subject was brought up, Lucy admitted that she didn't like being the studio head. She was lucky to have honest people to guide her. So many (Debbie Reynolds, Judy Garland, Doris Day) were ripped off. It was incredibly easy to do and get away with. But in the 5 years she ran Desilu, it's doubtful that she devoted much time to it, what with doing her own show and all the other performing she did from 62 to 67. When she sold the studio in 1967, Star Trek had just LIMPED through its first season. Opposite still-top-10 Bewitched, it didn't have much of chance, but through letters from devoted fans it made it to 3 seasons (not sure the last was a full season of episodes). WHO could have predicted that the series itself, and I'm not counting the movie versions and TV sequels, would have such a lasting appeal? (not me..was never a big fan). I don't understand the TV business today. There's such a glut of product that I wonder if spending more per episode than the network pays in the hopes of recouping later is still a valid business model. But in 1969, when Star Trek when off the air, there wasn't much for local stations to pick from, especially in color. There was a time when a one or two season show could get a syndication sell. Desi's Mothers In Law with its 56 episodes was still being run in LA 5 times a week in the early 70s. (which means the entire series would repeat after 2 1/2 months). "Guestward Ho", "Desilu Playhouse" and "Greatest Show on Earth" were on the market well into the 60s. (Forward thinking Desilu shot "Show" in color). But local stations wanted half-hour shows. Few hour-long shows did well in syndication. So Desilu initially lost money on Star Trek as a network series? Did the amount the network pay a studio for a series hinge on its ratings? After two season of having no shows on the air except "The Lucy Show", Desilu hit the jackpot in 66 and 67---with Star Trek, Mission Impossible and Untouchables franchises churning out product well into the future. As much as she griped about the responsibility, it must have been a heady experience to own all those studios she once toiled at as a rather under-appreciate stock player. Lucy single-handedly turning Desilu around makes for good copy, but she was the first to admit that wasn't the case. Lucy being responsible for Star Trek makes for GREAT copy and there's a little truth to that. I wish Lucy Carmichael had done cross-overs to all the Desilu shows in 66-67. Imagine her on Star Trek doing her "it's a moo-moo" alien!
  47. 0 points
    He WAS Spartacus😞 Meanwhile in Paris, Dame de Havilland is pouring herself another glass of champagne.
  48. 0 points
    Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41. His daughter was also on board; there were no survivors. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/sports/basketball/kobe-bryant-dead.html
  49. 0 points
    I found this quote in an article after the reviews had come out. Gary addresses how mean these critics were. “Why knock her because of her age? These guys were snipers. One wire service critic was especially harsh. I don’t know if he had a mother but I’m sure he wouldn’t write those things about her. He was way out of line. She can take criticism of the show’s content but why get so personal? That hurts, but Lucy is a fighter.”
  50. 0 points
    Related to the subject Neil just wrote about, I recently found this gut-wrenching article by Bob Greene from May, 1989, a week after her passing. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1989-05-01-8904080941-story.html
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