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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
    I watched Lucy’s Schedule last night and, looking at the schedule, it is clear why Lucy never has time for anything. She goes to bed at midnight and wakes up at 10am and has a two hour midday nap! To be fair, that two hour nap period also includes time to do her nails.
  3. 2 points
    Or Joan had a pile of dirt on him. Maybe he was in an illicit affair with Maury Thompson.
  4. 2 points
    Running out of episodes for season 8, the writers decide to go back to season 6 and draft a couple of new episodes and sequels: "Lucy is Again Dandy in Danfield"- Lucy takes Mary Jane along with her to attend the reunion of the Volunteers in Danfield and is thrilled to be reunited Viv, Audrey, Thelma Green and Frannie. As the girls reminisce, clips from past episodes are shown. But when Grandma Sutton reports her cat up a tree, the girls spring into action like old times. Following the trail of claw marks up the tree, they discover, instead, Flo the Manicurist trapped after testing out the bark-grabbing capabilities of her extreme-manicure nails. Episode highlight: Audrey and Mary Jane recreate the Marx Brothers mirror routine. "Mary Jane Finally Gets Off You-Know-Who's Front Door Stoop", a back-door pilot for "The Mary Jane Show". Production notes: When Gulf & Western/Paramount learns Lucy has formed Lucille Ball Productions to produce her own show, they are aghast at the prospect of losing their highest rated network show. Impressed with Mary Jane Croft's performance in "Danfield", they cast Charles Lane and Mary Jane as the banker and his secretary with Vanda Barra as her sidekick, continuing the Emmy-nominated format. The production runs into legal problems when Jess Oppenheimer sues, claiming Mary Jane Lewis is merely an extension of the Lucy Ricardo character he created. (Producers claim the premise was based on the book "Life Without Lucy""). CBS and NBC pass on the pilot but ABC gives it a shot, hoping to shore up their dreary Monday night by scheduling “The Mary Jane Show” at the same time “The Lucy Show” ran. The premiere jumps the gun airing a week before the other network season openers and pulls in an encouraging #23. Ratings take such a nose-dive when the show faces the new episode competition from “Here’s Lucy” and “Laugh-In” that ABC replaces it with unaired episodes of “The Tammy Grimes Show”.
  5. 2 points
    A want a whole DVD of Lucy characters competing on reality shows.
  6. 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.”
  7. 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.
  8. 2 points
    Episode nine of this season airs tonight. The Lucy episode should be number 16.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 1 point
    Her delivery turns that line into an absolute winner. Her comedic timing is so beautifully honed here, especially compared to the radio episode "Schedule" was based on.
  14. 1 point
    He said “Lucy and Dick Van Dyke” were shot there, so it must be Red Studios.
  15. 1 point
    Along with, "oh I'm going to need more than 15 minutes for that."
  16. 1 point
    Yeah, it is interesting how exceptionally well Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. did especially compared to the other rural sitcoms of the day. One would think that Green Acres would have ruled the roost especially coming on right after the No. 1 show in America (previous seasons earlier) on Wednesdays. And also being different from the other rural comedies by being surrealistic and breaking the fourth wall. Yeah, Gale Gordon lost to Werner Klemperer one year and Don Knotts (from The Andy Griffith Show) another. What really bothers me though is that Don (great actor and one of the greatest second bananas I might add) just made a couple of appearances of Griffith and still managed to win the emmy meanwhile Gale practically appeared in every Lucy episode that season and didn't win. How is that possible? When it comes to Hogan's Heroes, I never understood the appeal of it. But to each his own. I know I have a friend who just loves that show but really isn't into Lucy whatsoever. And it just baffles me why MeTV is still airing it 10 at night for years on end. Really? How many times do viewers need to see every episode of that show? And even Andy Griffith or MASH? Not once has MeTV aired any Lucy show in prime-time. End of rant. Sorry.
  17. 1 point
    Finally, Here's Lucy (Lucille Ball's fourth Lucy TV Series) will be returning to the Cozi-TV beginning next Monday (March 2nd, 2020). It will be air Weekdays at 4 & 4:30am and Sundays at 3 & 3:30am. In addition, Decades TV will still continue airing I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show weekday mornings from 9 to 11am. Sister station MeTV likewise will air I Love Lucy weekdays at 6:30am. Holy Toledo, this is A WHOLE LOTTA LUCY!!! Woo hoo! As far as I know, this will mark the first time that all three long-running Lucy TV series will air nationally on cable simultaneously. Enjoy!
  18. 1 point
    90 years and one day ago, silent screen queen Mabel Normand died. Baby Peggy’s stardom ended six years before that!
  19. 1 point
    “Lucy and the Lost Star-part 3”- (yes this one is little surreal combining elements of the original episode with the backstage goings-on between Lucille Ball and Joan). With demand for “more Joan Crawford movies” at an all-time high, agent Lew Parker quickly options “Speakeasy Days” for Joan’s first musical since “Torch Song”. Author Lucy Carmichael sells the rights with the provision that she be cast in her original role as Rusty, much to Crawford’s chagrin. Now that she’s the one in charge, Joan, still reeling from her treatment on “The Lucy Show” set, sees this as opportunity to give Lucy a taste of her own medicine: first criticizing her dancing (“You’re too OLD to do “Mame”), cutting her number to a few brief seconds, excising most of Rusty’s lines and at one point bellowing “Get Joan Blondell!!” When the studio gets the innovative idea to of doing a full-blown production of “Speakeasy Days” as a stage musical to generate publicity, Lucy waits for the performance to create havoc, upstaging Miss Crawford, Talullah-style. (She’s a little disappointed when one of her tricks, replacing Joan’s “ginger ale” with real 100 proof gin has no effect on Crawford). Joan’s anxiety is reaching panic-proportions when she realizes the upcoming scene has “Rusty” shooting Joan’s character. “Just how far will this Carmichael woman go?” Joan wonders as she adlibs a few extra belts from the bottle of “ginger ale” and freaks out, exiting the stage mid-performance to make her getaway in a car waiting in the alley behind the theater with the motor running (driven by “good friend” gossip columnist Shirley Eder). The show goes on and ends with a standing ovation for Joan’s understudy Gloria Swanson.
  20. 1 point
    Lucy and the Lost Star-part 2”- When the Joan Crawford episode of The Lucy Show winds up being #1 for the week by a long shot and propels CBS’s entire Monday night line up into the top 5 positions in the ratings, producers quickly cobble together a sequel. With no time for a script from scratch, Bob O’Brien offers a virtual remake of last season’s “Lucy and John Wayne” with Lucy visiting the set of Joan’s movie “Berserk” and getting carried away, thinking Joan is in actual danger. (Imagine Lucy shoving Joan’s face side to side as she adjusts her make up between takes with her non-stop “It doesn’t seem fair. They always gang up on you” chatter). While venting her concerns to assistant director Bryan O’Bryan, he, a veteran of the “Baby Jane” set, says “I’ve seen Miss Crawford hurt a number of times” adding fuel to Lucy’s frenzy. Distracted with this conversation, Lucy misses the onset direction the “Berserk” director is giving dagger-wielding Diana Dors to grab the prop break-away knife before she attacks Joan. As the scene begins with Diana lunging at Joan, Lucy goes ballistic and enters the melee, grabbing a real dagger and ripping into cast and crew Zorro-style. When in her confusion, she spins around to attack Joan herself, Joan’s porcelain make-up shields any penetration but she is knocked to the ground. The dull knife yields only superficial wounds, but as Lucy is being dragged away from the bloody set, still pleading for Joan to let her stay, a dazed Crawford can only wave her away with “Good-bye, BITCH!” Again, stellar ratings create demand for a Part 3!
  21. 1 point
    I'd love to see some of those unaired "Mary Jane Show" episodes: One Good Chocolate Chip Cookie Deserves Another Mary Jane and the Guard Mink Mary Jane Makes a Hit With Lawrence Welk Mary Jane's Brown Nose (where she has to suck up to John Wayne to do a sequel to the Western Lucy botched) Mary Jane and Vanda are Up a Tree World's Worst Cousin (where snooty cousin Daisy Enright locks Mary Jane up in Paul Winchell's dummy trunk and takes her place) Mary Jane is a Sex Symbol (a racy calendar shoot showcasing underutilized sidekicks get her noticed for all the wrong reasons, with viewers unaware she was wearing Carol Bradford's Bob Mackie bust instead of actually bearing all.) Mary Jane Makes Viv Bite the Dust ("No more co-star billing for you, Bagley! I'm the new girl in town!")
  22. 1 point
    I don't know about that. Green Acres, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart and Gilligan's Island were all fresh sitcoms (and obviously in the their prime) during the 1965-1968 seasons. But The Lucy Show had the advantage because of its beloved star and being apart of CBS' Monday night power block since its inception. The others (with the exception of Bewitched and Green Acres) switched to different days during those 1965-1968 seasons. Thus making it harder for them to retain or even grow their audience. Although with Gilligan's Island, it is surprising that it didn't do better in its third and final season given that it was added to CBS's Monday night power block. One sitcom that, I can think of, that did better or did the same as The Lucy Show performance wise during those three seasons was Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. And that one also switched days (during its third season) and reverted back to its former timeslot/day the next season. The show's third season ratings weren't near as high as the previous two and once it changed back to its former timeslot the ratings went up. One conclusion that I can think of as to why Gomer performed better than the others and was on par with The Lucy Show is because of its star (Jim Nabors and the popularity of his Gomer character) and its association with the already popular The Andy Griffith Show.
  23. 1 point
    These are my favorites. American Pickers stops by the guest house in Westport. Fred is not letting anything go for cheap.
  24. 1 point
    The Countess Framboise debuts her new single “Money Can Buy You Charm.”
  25. 1 point
    All of these sound great, but I'd watch this one religiously! Niles: "My Maris is quite delicate. Her weight can't activate a whoopie cushion, but Irma popped it! Marta's very overwhelmed preparing actual meals for a change as well." Mooney: "My Irma may be 7-feet tall and bald, but at least I always know it's her! I spent 45 minutes talking to Maris before realising she was a coat rack!"
  26. 1 point
    -Fred would kill it on Pawn Stars with his World War 1 and Golden Gloves memorabilia. I could also see him being featured on Extreme Cheapskates. -Lucy Carmichael would spray paint her couch on one of those awful HGTV shows, featuring a gag where Mr. Mooney gets hit on the rear end with a big piece of shiplap. -An episode of WifeSwap with Irma Mooney and Maris Crane. -Uncle Harry competes on Drag Race (with guest judge Dan Dailey) -Vivian Bagley breaks up her marriage on Divorce Court and finds new love as The Bachelorette. -And I know we’d all love to see The Real Housewives of Danfield!
  27. 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! 😫
  28. 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?
  29. 1 point
    "Legume Magnate" Great contributions!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 1 point
    Oh my! Where's Dave Woodman or Henry Lamar when you need him!!
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    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.
  35. 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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    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!
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    Audio of a 1958 Tonight Show with guest host Orson Bean and guest Sid Gould!
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    Thread on All That Chat about Catherine https://www.talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat_new/d.php?id=2478616
  42. 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.
  43. 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/
  44. 1 point
    And he was just a kid when he brought Lucy over to NBC.
  45. 1 point
    I can't stand that strident bitch (Ingraham)
  46. 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.
  47. 0 points
    Diana Serra Cary, better known as the silent screen star “Baby Peggy,” has died at the age of 101. The documentary on her that aired on TCM a few years ago was very interesting. She was an extra in Having Wonderful Time after her fame faded. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/baby-peggy-dead-silent-film-star-was-101-831926
  48. 0 points
    He WAS Spartacus😞 Meanwhile in Paris, Dame de Havilland is pouring herself another glass of champagne.
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    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
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    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.”
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