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Everything posted by HarryCarter

  1. I believe Paula starred in the national tour of "Little Me" opposite Donald O'Connor too. Paula was the replacement leading lady in Steve Lawrence's "What Makes Sammy Run." Did she do "Golden Boy" too?
  2. Here is Paula's video message. She gets a plug in for her book, but doesn't give a release date. lol
  3. The wig was awful. I expected her to have a nicer one for the fiesta scene where she dresses like a lady, but it was the same old one.
  4. Great post! The Angelina plotline was pretty dark, but I found the whole production kind of dark overall. Joe is pretty rough towards Wildy. There's one scene in which he slaps her and at least twice he grabs ahold of her and she cries, "You're hurting me!" I would assume this came off better with Lucy. It's completely unlike Ricky spanking Lucy. After one of the times he grabs her is when they declare their love for each other. In this production at least, you can't really figure out how they could do so.
  5. Great post! The Angelina plotline was pretty dark, but I found the whole production kind of dark overall. Joe is pretty rough towards Wildy. There's one scene in which he slaps her and at least twice he grabs ahold of her and she cries, "You're hurting me!" I would assume this came off better with Lucy. It's completely unlike Ricky spanking Lucy. After one of the times he grabs her is when they declare their love for each other. In this production at least, you can't really figure out how they could do so.
  6. It was only a piano and drums. The overture was quite a mess. This is only the second production put on by Theatrical Gems. The founder and the show's director is 23 years old! I think that's kind of impressive. Their first was the shortlived 1962 Irving Berlin musical that originally starred Robert Ryan and Nanette Fabray/Fabrary. There were absolutely no sets. There was a small oil rig erected towards the end of the show. The stage was filled with about two dozen folding chairs and the whole cast sat onstage the whole time. There were no costumes to speak of. A few cast members wered dressed up for the fiesta that precedes "El Sombrero." There were a few sombreros as well. They had Paula's message playing on a laptop in the lobby during intermission, but no one could hear it. They said they will be uploading it to the website.
  7. I went to the show tonight. I think it's wonderful that this company produced this show. It was pretty much a staged reading of the musical. It was extremely clear that there was very little rehearsal time. The cast was holding their scripts in their hands the entire time. Luba Mason, who played Wildcat, hardly looked up when singing a song, which I think really hurt her performance. Robert Cuccioli, who played Joe Dynamite, lost his place in the script a couple times. The two also forgot a section of "Give a Little Whistle." I know Joe Dynamite's real name is McClinchy, but is he supposed to speak with an Irish brogue? The orchestra consisted of a piano and drums. You haven't lived until you've heard the Wildcat overture performed like this! There was limited choreography. Lucy once said that there was never a tougher role in a play than Wildcat Jackson. From this production, you did not get that feeling at all. I really think you need someone like Lucy to make the show really work. I overheard the director say to someone that he deliberately hired someone completely unlike Lucille Ball to play Wildcat. The music from the show is, of course, outstanding, but the book! N. Richard Nash shouldn't have taken any offense at Lucy bringing Bob and Madelyn in. The show needed them. I would have loved to have seen Lucy play the role her way. The standouts were probably Beth Fowler as Countess Emily O'Brien and Lenny Wolpe as Sookie. The first act was really long, close to one hour and forty-five minutes. The second was only forty-five. This production added "That's What I Want for Janie" back in, but "Wildcat" was not. There's a lot of non-Wildcat stage time. I can imagine the audince seeing the original production were getting antsy waiting for Lucy to come back onstage. From what I overheard from other audience members tonight, it sounds like they did not like the show. I think it's great, however, that this production company took a chance and put this show on. Paula Stewart recorded a special message that will be on the production company's website. I will post it when it is up.
  8. I'm looking forward to your review of "What Now, Catherine Curtis?", Neil! Regarding "Happy Anniversary and Goodbye," I think this is one of the extremely rare times I don't agree with you. I really love the special. It's so unlike anything else Lucy did and I think she's terrific in it. I do agree, however, that Nanette is too over the top for a lot of it and that Peter is nothing special. Their bonus interviews too seem like they've been heavily edited to make it seem like they are saying something at least slightly positive. I knew exactly what Peter was going to say. I was hoping he would be a little more positive in this interview, but he wasn't at all.
  9. GSN has brought back What's My Line? and I've Got A Secret for a brief two week run. Next week, Viv and Bill will both be guests on the show on different days. Bill's 1965 episode is on Tuesday, December 21. Viv's 1966 episode is on Thursday, December 23. I've Got A Secret airs on GSN at 3:30am.
  10. "That's What I Want for Janie" will be added back into this production. I'm assuming that the song "Wildcat" will not be, since it is not mentioned. My link Wildcat opened at the Alvin Theatre 50 years ago tonight!
  11. Bologna said Jackie was just phoning it in. He said he thinks Jackie Gleason was going through a rough time because he was no longer a major star at the moment and not yet a legend. Bologna said he thought that "Three for Two" was better than the first two specials that he and Renee wrote (one won an Emmy for them and they were nominated for the second it) and he was hurt that Jackie "ring-a-ding-ding'ed" (his words. lol) it.
  12. My copy arrived a little while ago and I just finished all the special features. MPI did a fantastic job, as usual! I'm so glad they included the Mary Tyler Moore "Let's Talk to Lucy." I really enjoyed Joseph Bologna's interview and thought it was very interested that he blamed Jackie Gleason for the final result of "Three For Two."
  13. It's from "Lucy, the Stunt Man," which was actually a fourth season episode.
  14. It was either on "Funny World of Lucy" or "A Tribute to Lucy." I do not remembr which DVD it was on. The show was a CBS special, but I do not know if it was actually produced by CBS. I would think it was since nearly all the people who appeared were CBS stars.
  15. Excerpts of Lucy and Buster's pantomime sketch appeared on those unauthorized "Lucy: A Tribute"/"Funny World of Lucy" tapes and DVDs that were released in the 1990s that featured Lucy footage in the public domain.
  16. I love this picture that's on eBay. Hazel Pierce, Gertrude Astor, Helen Dickinson, and Barbara Pepper. We'd like to have you meet a little bit of Heaven... the queen of all the flappers of 1927/52...'52! I'M AN ANGEL! My link
  17. I'm nearly positive they never met. Lucy was a big fan of Oprah's and watched her every day the last few years of her life. Oprah is a big Lucy fan too. Lucie has appeared on Oprah's show twice.
  18. I always thought if they were going to end up sharing tha top bunk, they should have just moved Jerry and Sherman back into their own beds and taken Lucy's bed. I guess they didn't want to wake up the children.
  19. That is the fourth season episode "Lucy, the Choirmaster."
  20. When Miss Bankhead is bored, Miss Bankhead will let you know! Great posts, Neil. I agree about "Lucy Meets Danny Kaye." Schiller and Weiskopf wrote four scripts that season. Two of them I think are great, "Lucy and the Great Bank Robbery" and "Lucy's Contact Lenses." "Lucy Meets Danny Kaye" I think is okay, I agree with your points about it. I know people love "Lucy, the Camp Cook," but that has always been one of my least favorites from the season. I love the hitchhiking scene, but I think it goes downhill from there. One of my favorite moments in the entire series is in Schiller and Weiskopf's "Lucy and the Great Bank Robbery." When Lucy runs out of the bank and cheerfully screams, "Hi, Mr. Mooney!" and he throws all his papers up in the air. It's such a small moment, but I think it's absolutely hilarious.
  21. Great post, Neil! "Lucy and Arthur Godfrey" is my favorite third season episode too. Everyone is in top form. At least Carole gets a couple of lines in this episode unlike the previous one, "Lucy and the Countess Lose Weight!" She only has one in "Lucy Goes to Vegas" too. I wonder if she has any in the unedited version of "Lucy and Phil Harris" because otherwise she's just an extra in that one. I don't think they say her character's name in "Lucy and Arthur Godfrey," but she's credited as "Mrs. Baldwin." Why didn't they just have her play her recurring role as Mrs. Valence again? Max Showalter reprises his role as Vinnie Myers, was his character transferred to the Danfield branch from Jamestown permanently? I didn't realize that the Ellizon/Jacobs writing partnership ended because Iz Ellison died. They wrote at least one season four episode. I believe "Lucy and Joan" was theirs. Gale does a cartwheel in: Ethel Merman and the Boy Scout Show Lucy and Arthur Godfrey Lucy and Pat Collins Lucy Gets Mooney Fired Lucy Sells Craig to Wayne Newton Lucy and Carol Burnett Lucy, the Coed Lucy's Lucky Day Are there any more?
  22. Carol has received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Recording for her audiobook.
  23. I was just watching "Lucy and the Monsters" and noticed for the first time that after Lucy and Viv are strapped down for their "operation" and before the scene fades out, a bespectacled gentleman's head is visible on the right side of the screen. He's visible around 20:32. Maybe there was more than one head of the house.
  24. I'm assuming there's an upscale section of Danfield where people like the ladies of the Danfield Art Society live. There's only one bank in the town. Lucy and Mooney accidently end up in the same place at the same time in the following fourth season episodes: "Lucy at Marineland" (The state of California! !) "Lucy and the Golden Greek" (Same restaurant) "Lucy, the Stunt Man" (Same movie set) "Lucy and the Return of Iron Man" (TWICE! The racetrack and movie set) "Lucy Saves Milton Berle" (Berle's press party) "Lucy Bags a Bargain" (department store - it is located across the street from the bank, so this isn't that implausable) "Lucy and the Soap Opera" (the house of the author of "Camden Cove") "Lucy Goes to a Hollywood Premiere" (TWICE! The same Beverly Hills street corner and the premiere) "Lucy and Bob Crane" (same restaurant) The only episodes I remember them accidently meeting after that season were "Lucy Goes to London" and "Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs." I really don't have any problem with the two running into each other so often (sometimes even more than once in a single episode!).
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