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  1. This is great but I fear that this might be a very subtle sign of the end of dvd sales of this series -- with dvds now becoming a more boutique sales item with streaming services taking over everywhere, especially with Disney+ in full swing before the end of the year in many places worldwide. Lucy is pretty much one of the big sellers for Paramount and this might be one last splurge before she becomes one of the figureheads of Paramount's streaming service partners around the world along with Star Trek, Mission Impossible and all the rest as Disney will be using Marvel, Star Wars, all the 20th Century Fox properties they now have -- any thoughts out there in the Lounge?
  2. Here's a You Tube playlist of Arte as Wolfgang at his best -- and occasionally lusting after Lucy and wishing only the worst for Gary if he gets in the way:
  3. I like the cover art but the perfect cover would be Lucy's TV Guide portrait that was used at the time of the show's premiere in 1986 -- even though it would be owned by TV Guide's publishers most likely in perpetuity, would have been nice if Paramount have used this as it would blend in well with Paramount's covers for 'The Lucy Show' dvd sets -- also regarding extras I wonder if the GAB Entertainment guys will do intros for each episode similar to the excellent job they did on the 'Here's Lucy' sets? The show's wrap party is on You Tube -- someone could at least make a 15 minute extra with that as the main attraction and all the 1986 ABC promos if they still exist. For what it is worth, I am in Melbourne, Australia and "Life With Lucy", all 13 episodes, aired nationally in either December 1986-January 1987 or the same time 1987 into 1988 (please excuse my failing memory) in an early afternoon timeslot or as filler shows during the national cricket games between whoever it was that year (England/West Indies/Pakistan/India/Sri Lanka) and during those cricket match days, would have received the largest tv viewership these shows ever got -- worldwide! The fact that every episode was broadcast when only 8 went to air in the US is worth noting -- sadly, this was most likely seen as filler by the network and with only 13 shows just shows you what clout Lucy's name still had down here and still had with the network who ran all her shows during the 60s, 70s and 80s, the Nine Network run by Kerry Packer (most likely a big fan) Wonder if Lucy knew of if she got any fan mail about it from down here? It certainly would have brightened her day.
  4. Was just checking out the reference to Gale's plays and found this -- The Jungle’s Claws, a play in three acts by G.Gordon D20401 copyright January 20 1933 Gale Gordon, Park Ridge Ill. 296 Catalog of Copyright Entries, Library of Congress. Could this be one of them? Was Gale ever in Illinois?
  5. I just got this set and saw that episode -- mag-nificent! I'd heartily recommend it to everyone on this board -- have never seen Lucy look so happy and relaxed -- and some rather odd events happen during the show: an audio message from Governor Ronald Reagan (someone referred to him 'like the voice of God'), very sincere. Also great seeing Bob Hope come out of nowhere, and never knew that "Critics Choice" had been a flop (Bob blames Lucy for it, saying the movie had come out just when Gary and Lucy went on their honeymoon) -- also Lucie and Desi jr were excellent, although Desi did look a little uneasy when mention of him dropping out of college was mentioned. Also Gary was terrific as he and Merv Griffin had performed together on stage years before -- also Gary was extremely complimentary about both Lucie and Desi and their careers so far. For me the highlight was the great Gale Gordon, who Lucy called her 'rock of Gibraltar' on camera -- and one saw he as he really was for one of the few times ever -- very low key, pretty shy, very proud of both his parents who had been in the business as far back as vaudeville. Quite true about the sound drop out (had no idea they called him that, most likely because he was usually hit with buckets of water when sitting) -- and the compliment Richard Burton had paid him while watching the rushes for their "Here's Lucy" episode. I'm not surprised that the scenes from "Mame" were not included, most likely for music clearance reasons -- it was October 1973 when this show went to air so the movie was most likely still being edited and the 'answer print' line Gary uses was most genuine -- would have probably come straight from the Warner Bros labs to Merv Griffin's production team. Lucy says it was the very first time she'd seen a second of it (although when she was dubbing her songs, line by line, she probably saw quite a bit of it beforehand), but her happiness at the end of the clip is a sight to behold (as is everyone's) and am so sorry it did not do as well as it should have when it came out around 7 months later (blame "The Exorcist" I guess). Lucy said that the press had reported that a girl named Lisa Kirk was going to dub her songs but she denied it outright, as nobody could match her speaking voice with anyone else's singing voice but hers. Also Merv Griffin constantly ribs Bob Hope about how much money he has and I can quietly see Bob Hope nearly burst a blood vessel on occasion (I suspect also that Bob's house had recently burned down) An amazing show -- I hope Warner Bros includes it on any bluray release of "Mame" there might be in the future. This dvd boxset --look, just go to Amazon right now and buy it. This show and Orson Welles' final appearance anywhere, from 1985, another fantastic show, is reason enough to get this set.
  6. Brock -- any chance you could dig up a link to Gale starring in the radio serial version of "Flash Gordon"? I remember it coming out as a record album in the late 70s/early 80s but haven't seen (or heard of) it since.
  7. Here's a picture of Gale, most likely from when he was featured in a play ("On Golden Pond" perhaps?)
  8. You little beauty! I already have the entire series on bootleg discs but will gladly buy this 'Complete Series' set -- I'm glad the Schulman estate have got themselves organized as it was biter family squabbling that kept the series out of circulation since Max died in 1988 -- I do hope the boxset includes the '80s reunion movie, but am truly sorry that Bob Denver and only very recently Steve Franken didn't live to see it come out. Glad to know that both Mr. Hickman and Sheila James are still with us and hope they'll have a large part of the compilation of this set.
  9. This movie is considered part of the AIP "Beach Party" movies so this is also essential for all Frankie/Annette completists as well.
  10. These shows never went to air on tv down here and I have both season 1 and 2 on dvd (8 episodes altogether) -- I suspect these shows are on a budget and most likely it was too expensive to get Lucy footage. That will be the way with documentaries from now on, it has ben nearly 10 years or so, since the advent of Napster and file sharing websites and the music and movie/tv companies winning legal judgments to retieve the billions they lost on those years of piracy, and never letting these new revenue streams stop in any way -- much more reliance on pd footage and 10 second grabs here and there from notable, historic tv shows -- all to do with music/estate rights and charging thousands of dollars by the second.
  11. I think it is very apt for Maureen to make her final appearance at a John Wayne tribute as I think she herself thought these times were the best of her life and probably wouldn't mind being remembered for in the long run. (Also it will make it official -- when it's time, it's time and I think Maureen would like to go out, officially, with some style. Plus the fact that with the death of Harry Carey Jr in December, she practically the last of the John Ford Stock Company, and I think the Duke fans will send her off royally (wish I was one of them there!!) I might add that the bluray release of "The Quiet Man" is like, today -- probably trips back to Ireland might be too much these days for her and a quiet life with her grandson (and I assume his family) will keep her mind active and not be stranded in a rambling house in Dublin or a lonely apartment in LA -- when you're 93, it doesn't hurt being looked after by a loving family. Many consider the fact that Ernest Borgnine's family looked after him so well (helped him live 25 years longer than most of those he worked with during his heyday) and helped him keep working, kept him going to practically the day he died at 95 last year -- I think Maureen might be of the same mind, but not always going back to the past, but lkeeping an eye on the future as well. Also Maureen was a conteporary of Lucy's as well (both were in the Hollywood studio system at exactly the same time), both firery redheads -- both, one of a kind.
  12. I got the "Van Dyke & Company" dvd set and it is just magnificent -- Lucy's guest appearance is one of her best from the 1970s variety shows and she does a great dance routine with Dick at the end of the show to the song "You Make It So Easy", which means a lot to those here in Australia as it was the theme to one of this country's greatest variety shows "The Don Lane Show" It's hard t believe this was made 1975-76 as it certainly was a show well ahead of it's time (Steve Martin was one of the writers) and was cancelled after 11 episodes -- there are two "Let's Talk to Lucy" interviews with Dick Van Dyke included as well -- certainly recommended to all Lucy Loungers here!
  13. Celeste Holm, Phyllis Diller, Herbert Lom and Ernest Borgnine -- all born in 1917, all 95 and all died over a 7 week period (July - September 2012)
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