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  1. 1 hour ago, Mot Morenzi said:

    Lucie said in a subsequent interview the scene she objected to had Lucy being fired from RKO (or MGM, but in period that was supposed to be RKO), which is something that did not happen. She was right to call them out on this. 

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  2. Here is the rest of the planned schedule for Lucy’s extensive Star of the Month tribute:

    October 21 evening: 
    8:00pm Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
    10:00pm The Big Street (1942)
    12:00am Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)
    October 22 morning:
    2:00am The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)
    4:00am Her Husband’s Affairs (1947)
    6:00am Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
    8:00am Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
    10:00am Meet the People (1944)
    11:45am Look Who’s Laughing (1941)
    1:15pm That’s Right - You’re Wrong (1939)
    3:00pm Two Smart People (1946)

    October 28 evening:
    8:00pm Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
    10:15pm The Facts of Life (1960)
    12:15am Mame (1974)
    October 29 morning:
    2:30am Critic’s Choice (1963)
    4:30am Valley of the Sun (1942)
    6:00am Without Love (1945)
    8:00am Easy Living (1949)
    9:30am The Marines Fly High (1939)
    10:45am Best Foot Forward (1943)
    12:30pm Having Wonderful Time (1938)

  3. I have the original script for Mod, Mod Lucy. In the original script, after the dance number, Lucy as Kim talks with Harry and the Caldwells. The Caldwells compliment her and Harry tells “Kim” he is giving her a bonus… and it’s coming out of her mother’s salary. 

    In the script, secretary “Doris Singleton” is named “Carole Elkins,” which always made me wonder if Ms. Cook was the initial casting idea.  

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  4. Lucy will be TCM Star of the Month in October! Here’s the first two weeks of programming (eastern times); subject to change. 

    October 7 evening: 
    8:00pm I Dream Too Much (1935) 
    9:45pm Stage Door (1937)
    11:30pm Room Service (1938)
    October 8 morning:
    1:00am Bunker Bean (1936)
    2:15am Don't Tell the Wife (1937)
    3:30am Follow the Fleet (1936)
    5:30am Chatterbox (1935)
    6:45am Beauty for the Asking (1938)
    8:00am Five Came Back (1939)
    9:30am The Affairs of Annabel (1938)
    11:00am Annabel Takes a Tour (1938)
    12:15pm Panama Lady (1939)

    October 14 evening:
    8:00pm Too Many Girls (1940)
    10:00pm The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
    12:00am Forever, Darling (1956)
    October 15 morning:
    2:00am Easy to Wed (1946)
    4:00am Seven Days' Leave (1942)
    6:00am Next Time I Marry (1938)
    7:15am Go Chase Yourself (1938)
    8:30am A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1938)
    10:15am Twelve Crowded Hours (1939)
    11:30am You Can’t Fool Your Wife (1940)

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  5. On 8/24/2021 at 8:24 AM, RodMcK1 said:

    She's among the very short list of original guests still with us. 

    That list would include Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, Candy Moore, Eva Marie Saint, Jane Powell, Mitzi Gaynor, Arlene Dahl, Julie Newmar, June Lockhart, Nancy Sinatra, Tommy Sands, and Mary Costa, plus Lucie and Desi Jr. Robert Sunval remains a mystery!

  6. 58 minutes ago, Luvsbway said:

    Watching Broadway Beyond The Golden Age, a Carole story I never heard. Ethel Merman was Tom's date to the show opening night. After the announcement of Gower Champion's death and the curtain coming down, Ethel turns to Tom and says, "if you gotta go that's the way to go."

    After waiting so many years, it was great to finally see this film released. I was thrilled Carole got so much screen time. 

  7. On 8/15/2021 at 2:34 PM, Neil said:


    This was certainly a heady time for Lucy.  As much as she griped later about having to run Desilu, I think she enjoyed being the boss lady and roaming around the studio (and beyond) capturing interviewees.  I'm recording so I can listen later and avoid LTTL overload.  One interview I keep missing is Ann Sothern.  I don't know if this was pre- or post-Countess episodes.  I say "Countess Rosie" ("Frankly, Framboise" maybe?) as a spinoff series might have had legs!   Trivia of the day in case you didn't know: "Framboise" is French for "raspberry"!


    In the Ann Sothern interview, Lucy mentions that Lucie turned 13 a couple weeks earlier, so this was presumably recorded at the beginning of August. The Countess episodes began filming in November. Lucy says she wants Ann for two or three episodes. Plans might have already been in the works.

  8. 3 hours ago, Luvsbway said:

    The 6 part Hal King interview was so interesting. She talks about how she does her makeup, Hal gives piles of tips on applications.

    Not only does it show how much makeup and skincare changed since the 60s. But the fact that your breakfast table makeup, yes you had to wear it to make your husband happy, was not the same look for a lunch date with the girls. 

    I knew you would love that one!

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  9. Let’s Talk to Lucy will be heard again!

    In 1964, Lucille Ball was starring in her second hit CBS sitcom, “The Lucy Show,” while serving as chief executive of Desilu, one of the largest independent TV production companies in Hollywood at the time.

    But the comic actress, whose legacy was already solidified by the wildly popular “I Love Lucy,” still found time to do a daily 10-minute radio program for the CBS radio network called “Let’s Talk to Lucy.” Using her own portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, Ball sat and chatted with the biggest stars in show business at the time, many of whom were her friends.

    Starting Thursday, all 240 episodes of “Let’s Talk to Lucy” will be heard on a SiriusXM satellite radio “pop-up” channel, the first time they have been publicly available since airing on the radio. After a limited three-week run, the shows will be presented as podcasts that can be downloaded or streamed through the SXM App, Stitcher, Pandora and other platforms.

    The cache of shows features conversations with major stars of the era, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mary Tyler Moore, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Barbra Streisand, and behind-the-scenes figures such as costume designer Edith Head and makeup artist Hal King.

    The unearthed programs are the latest iteration in a Lucy renaissance that has bubbled up in recent years. Aaron Sorkin is directing “Being the Ricardos,” a feature depicting a week in the life of Ball and Cuban bandleader husband, Desi Arnaz, when “I Love Lucy” was the most-watched show in prime time during the 1950s. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.

    Imagine Documentaries and White Horse Pictures has an upcoming documentary about Ball and Arnaz directed by Amy Poehler. It looks at the couple’s personal and professional relationship. Both films are being made with the cooperation of Ball’s estate.

    There is plenty to explore. “I Love Lucy” revolutionized TV by being the first sitcom filmed with three cameras in front of a live audience. Its success enabled Arnaz and Ball to launch their own studio that turned out such network hits as “The Untouchables,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek.”

    The “Let’s Talk to Lucy” tapes surfaced during research for the documentary, according to Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz. In between her own stage and concert performances, Arnaz has managed the voluminous archives of her mother and father since their deaths more than 30 years ago, digging through garages, basements and storage facilities on both coasts.

    “It’s been my nemesis and the greatest joy of my life for 30 some years,” Arnaz said in a telephone interview from her Palm Springs home. “You do a first pass right which is, ‘What is this? Should I throw it out?’ And then many years later you go through it for another reason — for a documentary — and you look at it differently.”

    Arnaz recalls her mother taping the “Let’s Talk to Lucy” interviews in a room on the Desilu lot that is now part of Paramount Studios in Hollywood. At times, Ball would haul the bulky tape machine to meet a celebrity off-site. The conversations went beyond show business commiserating. 

    “She asks them about life in general, or ‘If you could be anyone in the history of the world, who would you want to be?’” Arnaz said.

    The tapes were never lost. But until recently, Arnaz never thought there would be a market for them. This time around, she called her parents’ longtime attorney, Dixon Dern, for advice. Dern connected her with Judy Pastore at Spotted Dog Entertainment, who recognized how “Let’s Talk to Lucy” could reach a new audience through streaming and podcasting.

    The program was quickly snapped up by SiriusXM, which will present them on Channel 104 before making them available in podcast form. Along with the original episodes that aired on CBS for a year, contemporary celebrities including Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Debra Messing, Rosie O’Donnell and Ron Howard will be heard in new segments answering actual questions asked by Ball on the program.

    Ball is one of the few stars who crosses generational boundaries, as “I Love Lucy” continues to find audiences on streaming platforms such as Paramount+, Hulu and Amazon. The series was a major hit in broadcast syndication and cable for decades after its six-year run on CBS.

    Arnaz has her own theory on the enduring popularity of her parents’ creation.

    “It’s not just funny,” she said. “It’s so full of unconditional love. When we turn it on, we can laugh, but at the end, we also feel like it’s OK to screw up and somebody is going to still love you anyway. I think we all need to know that, and this show gives you that every single time you watch it.”



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