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Mot Morenzi    1,507
43 minutes ago, RodMcK1 said:

Usually, when these channels pay public domain episodes, it’s from horrible old prints.  I guess this channel ripped it from a consumer dvd.

The first time I saw part of "Lucy's Substitute Secretary" was on some random channel on a motel TV. It was clearly taken from one of the beat up 16mm prints that showed up on all those public domain releases. 

Is channel 263 not one of the official channels that would legitimately carry The Lucy Show?

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Neil    1,352

"Lucy the Disc Jockey" is one of those that gives "The Lucy Show" a bad name.   Though written by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson (in their sleep?), the smoke coming out of the radio console is a definite pyromaniac-Milt touch.  So much wrong with the episode that I'll only mention one: it's unlikely the radio people would put Lucy in charge and then just disappear.  Well, maybe two: does DANFIELD have freeways?   What is this?  Bancroft??  Most of the gags make me do same.   There are a couple of laughs but the last scene might have worked with Viv.  Did she have to catch an earlier flight back to Connecticut?  (John Dodds: "Why, Viv honey!  So NICE to see you back early" as poolboy slips out back door).   I always thought 'what a waste for the last Viv show', but then I learned  it was pre-empted from its original airdate making the much better  "Stockholder" the last Viv episode (last one aired, anyway).   "Glynis", unspooling in The Lucy Show's time slot in the summer gave Viv some time to have her whirlwind romance with Vern Bunson, leaving poor Eddie to drown his sorrows at the Elm Tree Inn's bar listening to ROberta Sherwood's nightly 3-hour rendition of "Up a Lazy River" (RO ignores Eddie's requests: "Toot Toot Tootsie, Good-By" and "Viv Bagley, Won't You Please Come Home?").  Judging by the commercials, The Lucy Show's target audience is either overweight, wrinkled or has one foot in grave (don't be taken in by "John Hancock Funeral Insurance"'s claim that "your premiums will never go up and your coverage will never go down" because I read the fine print "benefits subject to John Hancock's ability to pay"  WHAAAA????)

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RodMcK1    58
On ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 10:21 AM, Mot Morenzi said:

The first time I saw part of "Lucy's Substitute Secretary" was on some random channel on a motel TV. It was clearly taken from one of the beat up 16mm prints that showed up on all those public domain releases. 

Is channel 263 not one of the official channels that would legitimately carry The Lucy Show?

Said channel appears to air only public domain episodes, and I don't believe the bouncing ball/jack in the box opening was ever included in any legitimate syndication package.

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Mot Morenzi    1,507
3 hours ago, Neil said:

(John Dodds: "Why, Viv honey!  So NICE to see you back early" as poolboy slips out back door). 

:hlLOL:!!!!!

I agree, Disc Jockey is not one of the show's finer moments; Stockholder definitely should've been the last broadcast episode as intended. Had the radio station scene been a joint comedy routine between Lucy and Vivian, it would've been much better. After season one, there were so few Lucy/Viv routines that really stood out, and this was a missed opportunity for another one. 

Lucy and Viv wreaking havoc together was a riot, but Lucy goofing everything up alone can be grating. It's like, "come on, woman, pull yourself together!"

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Neil    1,352

Decades Lucy Shows this morning "Choirmaster" and "Discovers Wayne Newton".

There's something different about 4th season Lucy Carmichael.  For one thing: IMO she looks better than in any other TLS season and her voice still has that ingenue-lilt.  There's a sweetness and vulnerability about her that's absent from much of the 3rd season.  Those inexperienced Lucy writers tended to mine the bossy side of her character for comedy--not realizing that for Lucy to be lovable, her character has to be balanced with heart.   There were some writer hold-overs from 3rd season but the new 4th season crop brought a fresh angle to Lucy's character.  (And yes, I'm fully aware of the handful of 4th season duffers). 

She's particularly appealing in "Choirmaster", a little sad being alone at Christmas ---even though Jimmy/Jerry makes an unexpected, unexplained appearance.  "This year I'm only buying presents for the children" (Chris: "That's us....").  Under the category of "it's the little things she does", two moments stand out.  After the boys flub the lyrics, she apologizes to the audience and poses to start conducting, but then turns to the audience one more time to apologize again.  ("Do forgive us....").  Then earlier when they're rehearsing, she's making sure they're all there and says with seriousness "Will any boy who is not here please raise his hand?" and she's got her finger up ready to count them.    Again, little moments but they go a long way adding appeal to the character of Lucy.  (something later shows didn't always project).  1965-66 would have been the height of her Desilu presidential duties, but she knows the scripts---no cue card eye-darting that I could see.   Amazing that in 3 short years, The Lucy Show went from a cast of seven (if you count Barnsdahl and Harry) to a cast of TWO (if you don't count Mary Jane's sporadic appearances).

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