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  1. 3 points
    I stumbled across 1966's "Lucy Gets a Roommate" (Carol Burnett) on youtube. It is by far the best of Carol's 7 TLS/HL appearances. This was a year before Carol got her variety series and four years after she left The Garry Moore Show. In the meantime she had had a Broadway show and a special or two. But many CBS affiliates were unsure enough about Carol that they did not carry "TCBS" that fall (as I read in TV Guide), so I'm unclear just what Carol Burnett meant to the general public at that particular time. The episode is a fun and funny half-hour. I was struck by a couple things: -what a generous performer Lucille Ball was. The episode is designed as a showcase for Carol who is given the bulk of the comedy. Lucy carries her own but is essentially playing straight for Carol. 1966's Lucille Ball had nothing to prove, but not all performers would design a showcase for another who could potentially be considered a rival, and a 20-years younger one. -how far afield The Lucy Show got from the original premise in a very short period of time. Though undeniably funny, the "Roommate" proceedings are played much more broadly, sort of a sitcom-skit hybrid, a unique style that was not usually satisfying, IMO. I can't think of another similar sitcom, can you? It's impossible to imagine "Roommate" being done any time in the first 2 seasons. (I never equate the 3rd season Danfield episodes as being the same caliber as the first two). I didn't watch the Roommate sequel "Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs" but is there ANY reference to roommate Carol moving out of the Glenhall Apartments? As I recall, Carol Bradford's goofy, shy librarian character is totally different in "Palm Springs". The 1962-64 shows had at least SOME continuity but by this time TLS did not...and apparently no one cared. "Roommate" ranked #1 for its week!. Both the Carol Burnett TLS 2-parters offer a format-changing shift that is abandoned and never mentioned again after Bradford/Tilford returns to wherever she came from. The Tilford exit is even worse. They two DID graduate from stewardess school after all; and with enough honors to headline--some of their fellow graduates might say HOG---the graduation musical show (attended by ?????). Just try to imagine the 2-part stewardess shows as part of season 1 with Lucy and Viv playing the exact same script, Viv subbing for Carol! (...pausing while you do that....). To me the only highlight of both is the brief but hilarious visual of Lucy fighting the movie film upstream. Even when the comedy has potential, it's ruined by artificiality. The serving lesson has that fake-sounding over-dubbed tick of a clock. When Lucy and Carol's turn devolves into mayhem, it's accompanied by the annoying college fight song music---and doesn't the clock start ticking faster for no reason? Episodes like these are the type that have tarnished historic reputation of The Lucy Show. Entertaining (mostly) but vapid. .....sort of like my posts. When books are written about 60s TV shows, The Lucy Show, THE MOST successful sitcom of the decade (title shared with Andy Griffith), barely gets a mention, let alone any respect.
  2. 3 points
    Oh, I've thought about that - if the show was a hit, how long would she continue with it. I though maybe 3 seasons. If LWL was a hit that would have really kept Lucy in good spirits and maybe health and she probably would have lived longer. I think you are right, if the seasons had continued they would have eventually acknowledged the age issue. They never got a chance to work on improving the show.
  3. 2 points
    I rewatched Mame last night and I think that every couple of years when I pop the DVD in, I like it even more. Just like the recent discussions of LWL, Mame's reputation is far more disastrous than the product itself. One thing that really struck me this time around was Lucy's performance. For all of the complaints that come about comparing her to Lansbury, nobody acknowledges that this is a movie. She's not so much stiff as she is giving a performance metered for film. Imagine her chewing the scenery and falling flat like Ethel Merman's various attempts at the big screen. Another thing that surprised me was the pace. The first time I saw this movie, close to ten years ago, it took a couple of sittings to get through. Today, it's an absolute breeze to watch and there's rarely a dull moment. I admit that I skipped over "Gooch's Song". It plays great on the stage, but lord is it awkward when you're sitting alone in your living room. I would've much preferred the excision of this number in favor of "That's How Young I Feel". Yes, the title alone would've given some unfortunate ammunition to critics, but I can't imagine the number being any worse than the other big songs in the movie- plus it would've been a nice showcase for Lucy to do more dancing. Not to sound all "Boomer" (which is a dirty word right now, and besides, I'm "Gen Z" or whatever), but compared to recent movie musicals, Mame is an absolute masterpiece and delight. Regardless of the occasional botched orchestration (It's Today) or the painful attempts to conceal age through filters and piecemealed vocals, it's still way less artificial than something like The Greatest Showman, which, according to too many of my misguided friends, is a great movie. At least Lucy did her own singing and her own dancing; there's no autotune and no computer generated leg movement (yes, I'm looking at you again Greatest Showman!). Today, when a vast majority of financially successful movies are 50% Corporate Machinations, 49% Computers, and 1% actual real human artists, Mame seems downright brilliant. Speaking of "Art"...: A major factor in my enjoyment of movie musicals is something that isn't "tangible" (to quote Lucy on I've Got a Secret). There are numerous sequences in Mame that give me chills- those great moments on screen or stage where the production is just so great that it hits you in a way you can't explain. Of course the title number is one example, and another (of many) is the moment when Mame, Agnes, Beauregard, Ito, and Patrick link arms and stride into the taxi on that wonderful Hollywood backlot flurrying with snow. On occasion, in spite of incompetent direction, and no matter how much money-grubbing engineering and focus grouping you do, a movie will still make something simple fill you with joy thanks to great music and great performers.
  4. 2 points
    I watched all 4 hours and 40 minutes yesterday and I didn’t think it was long enough! It was great to hear Tom and Donovan’s comments and to see that great footage from the conventions. I want to see more! Yes, that was the best response I have ever heard from Lucie regarding her mother. I’ve heard her say some of those things before, but this captured all aspects of Lucy, both personally and professionally. I don’t recall her ever getting so emotional like that and I’m sure being surrounded by Frank, Wanda, and Carole had a lot to do with that. I could listen to Tom talk all day. He really talked about two stories involving Lucy and Desi that I don’t have ever been spoken about in depth: one being Lucy bringing in Desi to help deal with Joan Crawford on the set and the other was Desi’s late night calls to Lucy during production of Life with Lucy and how they were affecting her sleep. Those were enlightening.
  5. 2 points
    "more sophisticated comedy in shows like Mary Tyler Moore, Maude, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Cheers, etc." Yes, but only ONE of these was still on the air in 1986. "Cheers" and "Golden Girls" could make me laugh. Hits circa 1986 "Cosby" "Who's the Boss", so many other etc's: NO. As fair a look back as could be expected. Reviewer makes good points, some I hadn't thought about. Like how The Lucy Show set up the premise, then found the kids incidental to the plots, seen less and less until they disappeared. (Ditto the narcoleptic Little Ricky, rarely seen until his dose of Gigantigrow between seasons 5 and 6). Grandma Lucy interacting with the little ones was cute but maybe having them all live together, appearing in every episode, was a mistake.. Reviewers assessment of Ted and Margo "competent, but unmemorable": apt. They should have learned from The Mothers In Law that casting the young adults with bland actors, giving them really no discernible character would add nothing to the show. Larry and Ann just didn't have the comedy acting chops to forge their own characters, as actors from a previous generation might have. Donovan Scott did. Maybe he should have played Ted. With a Ruth Buzzi as Margo? They needed some sort of character clash at home other than Lucy and Gale.
  6. 2 points
    Although brief, the reviewer makes some good points. I love that he refers to criticisms of Lucy's Mame as "atypical". When he hypothesizes the show actually being a hit, he brings up something that I've never thought of. If the show had continued, how long would Lucy and Gale be able to keep up the physical comedy? I really do believe that if LWL had continued Lucy would have made it past '89, and maybe (like with the broken leg arc on HL) the scripts would actually start to acknowledge her age. The gals on Grace and Frankie are now older than Lucy and Gale were in 1986, and even though the physical comedy bits aren't nearly as constant, they still pull them off without critics bitching about their age and mobility.
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    Lucy Is A Sax Symbol When Lucy pulls the saxophone out of the trunk the audience clap is nice. They knew it was her trademark instrument. With the saxophone appearing in this episode, Lucy has now played one on each of her 4 series. Lucy and Becky have a very lovely scene at the end and I don’t think it’s too sappy. Jenny was a good young actress and I think if another less talented kid was to do this scene it would be too sweet. A meta reference I liked was Becky saying she rather play electric guitar. Jenny actually does play guitar now. Whoever wrote this episode has never played a saxophone. When Lucy has Becky push her lips together, that’s how you would play a brass instrument. For example to play a trumpet you need to purse your lips to create a buzz noise. To play the saxophone you roll your lower lip over your teeth and the mouthpiece sits on them. You also don’t puff your cheeks out to play. When Lucy says her ring is stuck in the valve, I can see that working as a stuck point, but where it would be stuck is not a valve. It’s the cutout for the key. If she slid her hand in the bell and the large part of the ring wrapped itself over the lip of the brass then it could feasible get stuck. I played the sax for 9 years in school and when Lucy starts pushing on the keys and you hear the pads touch the brass, that brought back so many memories of my years playing. I also noticed the transition music had a heavier sax element to it than other episodes. Three pop culture notes. That pink cassette player of Becky’s was really popular in the 80s. I can’t remember if I had one or a friend did but I remember using it. It also had a strap on so you could carry it with you. Lucy holding up the poodle skirt saying that will never come back in style. The 80s was very big on 50s nostalgia so thought that was odd. Also, those swing skirts are super popular in the vintage community now, although I don’t see any with poodles on. Cats, haunted houses, bikes, even found one with backgammon pieces. I forget who was watching the Three Stooges marathon but I wonder if they noticed a tall blonde lady that looked kind of like grandma.
  9. 2 points
    Literally, and that isn't all their doing up there. And I love that line in Lucy's gravelly voice.
  10. 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
  11. 2 points
    Heaven's loudspeaker: "TELEPHONE FOR WALTER PIDGEON"
  12. 1 point
    I'm always up for a "Mame" discussion! Nanny Nora Muldoon and Gooch were combined into one character in the Broadway musical version--which still contained the plot thread of Mame writing her autobiography, Gooch having been sent to secretarial school "Speedo" to take dictation. Until "FritzyBoy2" brought it up, I hadn't considered the notion that Jane's Gooch was too old to be pregnant. My problem (as stated MANY time) is that Gooch is such a subordinate character in the movie, we don't care enough about her to give her her own song. And besides, there's very little interaction between Mame and Gooch directly so Mame did not really give her the "live live live" lessons. (And BTW does "live live live" really translate into tramping it up in an East Flousberg* Pennsylvania motel room with God-knows-what sort of lowlife?) I don't know if, in the Broadway musical version, Patrick was such an a-hole to his old nanny Gooch, but it really bothers me in the movie. Specifically Agnes greeting him with a cheery "HI, Patrick!"....which goes unacknowledged and followed by "What is AGNES doing here???" to Mame as if Agnes wasn't even there. I'd be interested in how you, Harry, feel "That's How Young" is the weakest lyrically. I hadn't thought about it along those lines. I love the song. I'm not sure where else in the movie it could have been placed, but the film really needed a post-"Mame" LucyMame kicking-up-her-heels musical number--not that the goings-on afforded the opportunity for one. (Maybe Mame, Vera and Gooch doing "Ukulele Talk"?) Re: the Upson Downs scene. One prominent national critic praised it because "we get to see Lucille Ball, the actress". Right. Lucy is very low-key but true to the character. This scene in the movie certainly plays differently than the recording I have of the Broadway show (from the 1968 LA stop on the tour). The audience is laughing throughout. However, you can get away with cartoon-ing it up with broad performances on stage. I have mixed feelings about the decision to play it more realistically and much more sedate in the movie, which is a musical COMEDY after all. I'm not knocking Angela, because by all accounts she wowed them onstage, but if she had recreated that same performance in the film it just wouldn't have worked. The casting of Angela as Broadway's Mame up against so many higher-caliber women considered (Lucy included) and her subsequent triumph after years as a supporting player is the sort of show-biz success story people love. Established icon Lucy taking on a role (meant for Angela, after all and STOLEN) that was not necessarily her forte is the sort of show-biz story people love-----to HATE. *Is this REALLY a Pennsylvania city?
  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point
    This photo of MJ with Charles Ruggles is new to me.
  15. 1 point
    Although it would be great for Lucy to have a big second act dance number, I’m not sure if “That’s How Young I Feel” would be the right number. It’s a very fun song, but probably the weakest in the score lyrically. The Upson Downs sequence was radically changed for the film version and I’ve heard many people say that they feel like this scene was Lucy’s best in the film (“Straight scotch.”) I can’t picture an uptempo number inserted in this scene. I’ve written this before (probably multiple times in this thread!), but, when I saw a screening of Mame a few years ago, “Gooch’s Song” got the biggest round of applause!
  16. 1 point
    What becomes a legend most?.... I love the juxtaposition of Dame Ann Miller in her Halston original and the Merm in that housedress.
  17. 1 point
    What an insightful perspective. I knew if I lived long enough Mame would eventually be seen as entertaining (I don't know about "masterpiece" ....). Some of your points: agree thoroughly about It's Today's "botch orchestration" (well put). Evidently "Gooch's Song" was a killer on stage. I've never even liked the song. I don't find it particularly tuneful or the lyrics clever. ("Although I was leery, I thrived on your theory that life could be a WOW"---yes, there are only so many rhymes to "now" but this one is real stretch). Without examining them all, I think this may be the worst song in any Jerry Herman musical. The problem with "That's How Young..." is that its placement is completely incidental to the plot. They loved it on stage because for one thing it's a great song, but that 2nd act needed a kick-up-your-heels production number. Perhaps they could have included it somewhere else in the movie. Lucy's portrayal is very well-acted (with one of two exceptions) but this Mame lacks the madcap quality Roz's had. This is the fault of the director and writer, not Lucy. In the clash scene between Mame and Patrick, he says "I was afraid you'd come up here dressed like a farmhand or the Queen of Sheba"...No she wouldn't. Not this Mame. There's nothing we've seen of her that would indicate she would do that. Her relationship with young Patrick is covered in the "Open a New Window" montage. Other than that, we don't see the bond between the two. I only wish they had added whatever soft-focus tricks they used, generating them in post-production, as they probably would today, instead of using filters--or whatever--as the film was being shot, thereby committing them to the film's negative. If they had used the former technique (assuming it was possible in 1974), these shots could have been corrected for the DVD or maybe even before the release of the movie in '74. . The point I've tried to make is that besides being excessive, they were not necessary---at least to the degree they were used. An unforeseen backlash is that those shots gave fuel to the critic-mob chant that Lucy was "too old" for the part.
  18. 1 point
    Good take. Since this movie originally got some good reviews to me its reception was better than LWL. At the Kennedy Center they even salute Lucy to custom lyrics of Mame title song . I love Lucy's dancing. "That's How Young I Feel" would have made a great addition. I agree Gooch's song is not my favorite moment and Jane looks too old for the part more than Lucy did. The film version had the governess and Gooch be 2 separate characters which made more sense. I am Gen Y but agree musicals than were art now it's too much pretend going on.
  19. 1 point
    Got my sets today. The good news: All 38 Season One episodes are included in this two-volume release... for the first time EVER. And they've all been cleaned up and look pretty good. The bad news: All the episodes are edited. Most run between 22:10 and 22:40. The first eight and "Aunt Mattie Boynton" are about a minute longer though, and one episode in Volume II -- "Public Property On Parade," which hasn't been included in the series' syndication package in decades -- runs in the 24-minute range. I'm generally pleased. Splitting the season into two separate sets makes it pricey (especially given the edited content), but if we want to see more of this series, and more releases of similar series, this is an effort we have to support.
  20. 1 point
    The I Love Lucy Christmas Special returns to CBS on Friday, December 20, at 8 p.m.! Awaiting word on which episode will be featured after the Christmas episode, but it is NOT a repeat of Pioneer Women, as mentioned by some CBS affiliates. Possibly "The Freezer", after the sneak peek we got in the Colorization Documentary?
  21. 1 point
    And don't forget in the Paris episode we get to see Bob Carroll Jr. as he stalks Lucy across Europe. And a quick glimpse of Madelyn too.
  22. 1 point
    Carol will be reprising her role as Jamie's mother on the Mad About You reboot!
  23. 1 point
    I’d never heard that before and The Hogan Family is an excellent theory. As a fan of Valerie Harper and Jason Bateman, I enjoy the show and would have loved to see Gale on it. However, if it really was the role that Hillerman got, that was after the show had switched networks and only lasted for an additional 13 episodes- same as LWL!
  24. 1 point
    I hope they do The Audition at some stage. Not only do they have that color reference footage, but it'd be a nice addition since it's a remake of the pilot, and therefore represents Lucy and Desi's first filmed comedy routine.
  25. 1 point
    This is an interesting point. In 1990 or so, Gale said had successfully auditioned to join the cast or an established sitcom (reading between the lines, my unconfirmed theory is the role that eventually went to John Hillerman on The Hogan Family) but lost out in the end because either the network or producers were unable to ensure him due to his age.
  26. 1 point
    Yes, I’ve always thought if the series had continued, the kids parts should have been diminished. Not to the extent of the California Lucy Show years, but look at season three of The Lucy Show compared to season one.
  27. 1 point
    DVDTalk now has a review: https://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/74063/life-with-lucy-the-complete-series/
  28. 1 point
    Another stellar job on Stu’s Show last night recapping the 1999 and 2000 Loving Lucy Conventions. I caught most of the show via the Roku channel and audio streaming on my phone. Just missed an hour in the middle when I had dance class. Tom Watson and Donavan Scott were the in-studio guests so they also talked about the colorized DVD, the Fathomevents showing, and Life With Lucy. The new color episode for Dec. and its airdate are not finalized yet, should be in a week or 2. I love listening to Life With Lucy stories from those that were there and worked on the show. They covered so much, which included the following. How and why Aaron and ABC got the show on the fall schedule so fast and some of the problems they had from that rapid development schedule. How cruel the critics were to Lucy. Donovan talked about how he was cast. Later in the evening they shared memories of the week John Ritter was on. What an incredibly nice guy he was and how Lucy was in heaven that week working with him. And a bunch more I’ve probably forgot or missed. I came into the convention reacp when they started with the banquet shows. They showed 2000 first where they did the continuing story of the movie Ricky made in Hollywood. Donavan played Fred and Janet Waldo, Eve Witney and Shirley Mitchell were also in the show. Second was 1999 and we were aboard the USS Constitution with Tab Hunter. I was at this one and I knew it was Tab before he turned around. Tab wasn’t too hard a guest to get and seemed to really enjoy himself. Next they talked about how the trivia contest expanded into a real game show setup and showed the rounds leading up to the finals from 2000. Some current and former lounge members were in that winning group. Panel discussion highlights from 1999 and 2000 were fantastic. Two themes that they edited together were how each panel member met Lucy as well as their memories of Desi. I had a lot of the panels from 1999 on home video but the ones from 2000 were just as good. There were also great in studio stories told by Stu, Tom and Donavan on lots of topics. Tom told 2 fantastic stories about Lucy and Desi that I had only heard small bits of before, so it was nice to get the full detailed stories on 2 events from 2 different post-divorce decades. They closed out the 4 hours with the final question at the Sunday panel discussion in 1999. I was there, I was recording with my little video camera all those answers and I still got teary hearing them again. It was Lucy’s close friends and family saying what Lucy meant to them/the effect she had on them. Lucie gave one of the most lovely and introspective assessments of her relationship with her mother I ever heard her tell. You can download the show when it gets posted for $2 and watch unlimited. Best $2 you’ll spend this week. I did this with the recap show from last year and I’m going to grab it just to listen to these wonderful stories again.
  29. 1 point
    LUCY: Margo, did I ever tell you about the time Cary Grant asked me to marry him?
  30. 1 point
    Lucy Legal Beagle I think this family might need to look more into a conspiracy theory on that bear gone missing. We do have a future Sunshine Girl here that will become a teddy bear kidnapper and ransom seeker. I think Becky may have gotten together with Mrs. Loomis to spit that $500. This is the second episode where Kevin’s friend Max shows up. I think that kid is trouble. Watch out for him. Does anyone else think the courtroom is set up oddly? There is a HUGE area from the podiums to the judge’s bench. Maybe they had it that way to give them room for the bear tossing scene to come. The witness box though is stupidly placed. Instead of putting it right next to the judge, it’s crammed off to the side and right up against a wall. It also looks dark over there too. Another tender moment at the end with Lucy and Kevin. Those hugs she gives the kids in all the episodes are so genuine and so real. It kind of gets cut off with the freeze frame at the end but you can hear Lucy say “God love ya”. That’s a Lucille adlib I’m sure. Love Among The 2x4s. I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again. I love when Lucy dates. It softens her. So much to love in this episode. We get some backstory on the Lucy character with finding out more about her high school boyfriend and why they stopped seeing each other. Him moving away allows the relationship to remain open as opposed to they just broke up. The very real theme of dating after a spouse dies runs through the whole episode so the scene at the end is set up nicely. Something missing heavily from TLS and HL is mentioning the dead spouse. He never even gets a name on HL and the kids in both series never seem to miss him. When Lucy and Ben are at the house, he keeps trying to kiss Lucy and she backs away twice. So when they are falling down the hole, why does she initiate the kiss? I love that Lucy gets to dance a bit, twice in this episode. Watch her layback she does into Ben’s arms when they are at the house. She still had her great flexibility. In looking at the physical comedy I get the falling through the hole but why the stupid tape gag? It’s stilted, doesn’t go anywhere and isn’t funny at all. Just seemed like, ‘hey, Lucy needs more physical comedy in this episode”. A few random observations. We learn that Lucy’s maiden name is Everett. The Star Trek reference at the beginning is fun. Lucy just standing there smiling at Leonard, “yep, I did a good job in green lighting that show.” Gale has the great line, “all that beauty and funny too.” He just described Lucy perfectly. The Margo and Lucy scene at the end is my second favorite in the whole series. It’s got a laugh or 2 in but addresses some topics in a very adult way. You can’t help but think that she’s reflecting back on maybe both her marriages, but with Desi’s death coming soon he’s got to be foremost in her mind. The sadness and break in her voice recalling the years this Lucy character and Sam were married, that’s what gets you. And despite her and Desi’s difficulty, “the romance was always there.”
  31. 1 point
    I saw that press release. SERIOUSLY! How hard is that to get correct? I'm waiting on Tom's official announcement as that I know I can trust.
  32. 1 point
    Breaking Up is Hard to Do It's criminal this episode didn't air, as it is a top-notch excursion. This and "Mother of the Bride" are easily two of my favorites. The flow is natural, the performances modulated and the comedy heartfelt. That finale between Lucy and Gale brought tears to my eyes. Having all those years of their relationship documented really gives that reunion scene tremendous emotional weight. This episode proves the show was finding its rhythm and deserved more time.
  33. 1 point
    The Wikipedia page lists them in aired order but numbers them in production order. That'll help illustrate the discrepancy. And you're right, they did bump up the guest star showcases to try and help ratings. Was Bob Hope intended to make an appearance? I'd never heard that before!
  34. 1 point
    I'm enjoying everyone's take on different episodes. "Guard Goose"-the 2nd show filmed. -now that I see it again, I don't know why I didn't like it in the first place. No classic and actually not all that good, but not bad like I remember. I don't usually pay attention to Lucy's looks but as I recall (from initial viewing) I thought she looked very tired in this one. Madelyn told me at the time "Lucy wasn't feeling well that week". I don't know why they passed on the comedy of Lucy and Curtis being chased by the goose as each entered the store. It would be interesting to know which episodes were filmed AFTER the premiere got such a lousy reaction. The show was certainly getting better.
  35. 1 point
    Lucy and the Guard Goose I'll always have a soft spot for this one, as it's the first episode I ever saw. It also features one of Gale's funniest performances. Those deadpan one-liners of his are a hoot. Conversely, I think it's one of Lucy's weaker performances. To be fair, the script doesn't give her much to work with, but her cue card reading is very obvious and her delivery stilted. She was clearly still readjusting to the swing of things. Lucy's Green Thumb This episode is what would've resulted if Milt Josefsberg wrote the first season of I Love Lucy. It makes the giant bread loaf look downright plausible. Nonetheless, I like how it shows off the family dynamic. Lucy and Curtis Are Up a Tree This one has a good underlying plot but is unevenly paced. The bedtime story routine grinds everything to a halt. Little Red Riding Hood in Spanish it ain't! I wish the treehouse scene had featured more heart to heart and less bickering between Lucy and Curtis. (Seeing it in good quality reveals just how bad the sky backdrop was. The 1960s canvases were more convincing!) And the whole Singin' in the Rain bit is waaaay to syrupy for my liking.
  36. 1 point
    I actually noticed that too. Not sure if it was that specific episode or just a random one. Also for a hardware store that small they seemed to sell a lot of kitchen gadgets. You'd think they would specialize more.
  37. 1 point
    The guy was caught. It was cleaned up and Carolyn said she's going to drop by and do any touch-ups needed.
  38. 1 point
    Lucy and the Rub-A-Dub-Dub Joan Brenner gets the shock of her life when she discovers three men in Lucy's bathtub. Prudish Joan is eventually mollified after Lucy explains that the men in question were "friends" of her newly de-shelled roommate Carol Bradford, but not before Joan lands a precision F-strike and pulls the toilet chain, causing the water to run cold and the three fellas to jump out in shock.
  39. 1 point
    My copy FINALLY arrived today! Took Amazon a week after I ordered before they shipped. I've only briefly checked it out but the quality is great. I immediately went to the special features, none of which I've seen before. I was interested to note that the ET segment utilised the rare 5th season "The Lucy Show" title screen. Where on earth would they have gotten that back in the 1980s!? At long last I can finally retire my CrummyVision Whiner's Club Bootleg edition, unless of course I get a hankering to watch that enervating cast party video.
  40. 1 point
    This was a very well written insight into The Late Show. There is not a wasted shot or line in TLS. (And I apologize for going off topic) Art's Oscar worthy scene (among so many) is one where he has collapsed from a perforated ulcer attack in public. Margo/Lily urges him to go to the hospital and Ira/Art screams "Do you know what it's like sitting in the veteran's hospital for 6 months with tubes and shit running every which-way? I'll never let those butchers open me up again. NEVER!", the usually stoic Ira is on the verge of tears. That's REAL acting. Had the movie made more of a splash at the BO, it would have garnered acting nomination (if not wins) in every category: Art, Lily, Joanna Cassidy as the moral-less moll (the Double Indemnity Barbara Stanwyck of the 70s) AND Bill Macy as Charlie Hatter of "Charles S Hatter Productions" "Charles S Hatter Talent Agency" "Charles Hatter Theatricals" "CS Hatter Entertainment Corp. of America" and (of course) "Charles Hatter, Real Estate" all located UPSTAIRS at 203 1/2 Hollywood Blvd. (That 1/2 is a great touch ) However he's been tending bar "just temporarily" , as he tells Ira because "the talent business is a little slow".
  41. 1 point
    This makes me think of the 30 Rock bit where they put Liz Lemon in front of an HD camera and she came out looking like a hag. Maybe Mooney could take the same route as Catherine O’Hara in For Your Consideration (based on Sally Kirkland) and get copious amounts of plastic surgery!
  42. 1 point
    Macy was 3rd billed --behind Art Carney and Lily Tomlin- in one of my all-time favorite movies "The Late Show" released in 1977. It was up for and won several awards and the critics loved it but it was a major FLOP. I loved it so much I saw it 4 times in one week (took several friends to it). Save for a handful of other (non-laughing) people, the theater was vacant. I'll check but Bill may have been up for an award himself. Macy is great and it's the movie Art should have won his Oscar for. This is IMO his best work. As I recall "Harry & Tonto" wasn't much of a movie. I've never been able to get anyone on board with me about The Late Show's greatness. I think part of the problem is that it doesn't fall into a distinct genre category (by default: a comedy if you love it on the subtle side: I do) and the heist plot is a bit hard to follow. I say: forget about the plot and watched these actors at the top of their game with these well-drawn out characters challenging their skills! The best work of the aforementioned actors plus Joanna Cassidy and Eugene Roche. Its only Oscar recognition: a well deserved screenplay nomination. Lost to "Annie Hall" (fair enough). Writer Robert Benton would win a couple years later for Kramer v Kramer. Sometimes you don't know how great an actor is until you see them in something like this. I never much cared for "Maude" or Bill in it (too much YELLING). I had the same reaction to Audra Lindley. Her performance as Mrs. Roper was one-note, but that's the way it was written. Then she played Burt Reynolds' mother in "Best Friends". It's a supporting role but she stole the movie. I couldn't believe it was the same woman.
  43. 1 point
    In recognition of a recent Life With Lucy DVD review that's generated some buzz around here: Mooney the Ugly Mr. Mooney is interviewed at the Westland Bank with the news station's state-of-the-art UHD cameras. Unfortunately, Mooney's visage in 4K, revealing every stingy pore in graphic closeup, causes mass hysteria in greater Los Angeleeze and leads to a smelling salt shortage. Online bloggers are ruthless and poor Mr. Mooney has to hide underneath a paper bag. It's up to Lucy, with her Mame-sized jar of chicken fat, to smear the lenses for Mooney's follow-up interview and restore calm.
  44. 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.
  45. 1 point
    Why oh why did they use a screencap from one of those 10th generation videotape copies instead of the new release?? Decent enough review but not terribly well-written. What are English classes teaching these days?
  46. 1 point
    How nice to finally have this thread to join the others
  47. 1 point
    I never bought that explanation, personally, Lane was not only in demand on the small screen for all the cantankerous coots he played but he was a busy theater actor, too, which I'm pretty sure he maintained well into the sunset days of his career, so I don't buy the bs that he "couldn't remember his lines."
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    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.
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    Jerry Fogel, our last surviving star of The Mothers-in-Law, has died. He was 83. He also appeared on Here’s Lucy in The Carters Meet Frankie Avalon.
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    God finally got Bill Macy for that at 97.
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