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  1. I posted this to Facebook, but for those who didn't see it:
  2. Darwin Porter is a trash writer, inventing dialogue between two people who were the only ones in the room and no notes were taken.
  3. LOL, as always. I thought there should be a Chris "Home Alone' episode where she returns from a sleepover at Cynthia's and the house is vacant. Lucy: "You know how it is when you're planning a big trip. Some little detail is liable to slip your mind." The move to California, and the great episodes that could have happened, will forever fester in my craw. They dispense with the absurdity that Mooney and Lucy would both move without the other one knowing pretty quickly. but STILL...
  4. Like a lot of these All-Time Best Lists, this one is top heavy with more recent shows some of which I've never seen and an alarming number I've never heard of. I was glad to see Burns & Allen made the list even if it was only #85. Some series might have made the list if you just looked at their first two seasons: Bewitched (did I miss it on the list?), The Lucy Show and The Beverly Hillbillies, whose first season is hilarious in no small part due to the presence of Bea Benedaret as Pearl Bodine.
  5. Agree that at least a nomination for "Pillow" seemed appropriate, if for nothing else being a trouper, forging ahead in layered winter clothes despite the unseasonable NYC heat wave. "Here's Lucy" won as Best TV Comedy in 1971 from some TV association. I can't find the Variety clipping right now. I don't know what the Emmy nomination criteria is, but when Lucy won in 1968, there were 5 nominees. For 70-71, there were only three for Best Actress in a Comedy while there were 5 for Best Actor. This was the only season HL got any Emmy recognition that I know of. Gale and Bob&Madelyn's Burton script. Both lost to MTM people. In the seasons in between, Lucy was passed over for lesser performers. The winner for both years, Hope Lange was as good a choice as any given the other none-outstanding nominees. Hope won despite her series being cancelled TWICE. First by NBC, then by ABC. I don't remember much about "Ghost & Mrs. Muir" but it didn't seem like much was required from Hope.
  6. Oh, can't they leave poor "Mame" alone?? In "Center Square: Paul Lynde" biography, Paul tells of advice Lucy gave him when he was starting his show. For some reason, the author feels the need to add "Lynde should have been more dubious because at the time Ball thought she was perfectly suited to play the lead in the disastrous musical Mame."
  7. Contains the most bizarre segment of any Lucy movie. Colorful and dazzling to watch and somehow she shines. She doesn't embarrass herself which is saying a lot considering what she's given to do. Let's see Mary Tyler Moore, Irene Ryan, Inger Stevens, Shirley Booth or Patty Duke (63-64 Emmy Best Actress in a Comedy nominees bypassing Miss Ball) pull this off! This movie sat on the shelf for a couple of years for some reason. By the time of its release MGM had pretty much given up on Lucy, despite appearing in two semi-hits "Dubarry" and "Best Foot Forward" and as movie-stealing support in "Without Love" and "Easy to Wed", all except "Love" in glorious technicolor.
  8. Love your season 3 observations. Before I thought of the fact that there were writers, I remember when I first saw these that something was missing from the previous shows. Maybe it was Bob and Madelyn's way with words? To me, the show just wasn't as funny. Even though it's Viv-less, I like "Lucy Becomes a Father". Her getting stuck in a mummy bag is B&M schtick-worthy. Yes, the poker game is similar to "Be a Pal" but I don't remember any specific bits repeated. Lucy once said on a talk show "I was bitten by a bear once" and it must have been this one. A real live bear was used except for the very last scene. My main season 3 complaint is the complete eradication of the various supporting semi-regular players, even though as you say, they were at least mentioned.
  9. I guess I'm the only one (except for Lucy herself, apparently) that enjoys the John Wayne episode. Each summer when CBS ran The Lucy Show from 68 to 71, it was shown. Yes, it's a bit overboard that Lucy would get "carried away", but I think it's one of her best free-wheeling performances. I'm continually amazed that these shows were put together in 4 days. By this time of TLS, SO MUCH relied on Lucy herself carrying the whole show: "Lucy Flies to London" is a perfect example. I've always wanted to see the John Wayne script because I've assumed it was one of the few times where Lucy seemed to ad lib, brilliantly IMO. I love her swiping the sponge from Bennett Green and jerking John's face back and forth as she adjusts his make up, all the while lamenting how he's always ganged up on in his movie scenes. Oh, well....it's not the first or last time I've been out on my own with my opinions. The 6th season is by far my least favorite. "Phil Harris" has grown on me even though it's not The Lucy Show as I wanted it to be. Missing scene: Lucy getting drunken Phil our of his clothes and into that bathrobe! (which might have been quite funny). By this time, TLS was a two-character show set in a bank. Roy Roberts added nothing and Mary Jane, through no fault of her own, was no Viv and was given little to do other than react. You have to give Phil Harris scribe Bob O'Brien some credit for trying to expand the premise beyond that stodgy bank. Though impoverished, the Lucy Carmichael of the first two seasons had class. 6th season Carmichael was, much of the time, more annoying than funny. I detect a change in the character from the 5th season. What is missing? Her sweetness and vulnerability, maybe. Though it had more than its share of duffers, there are many 5th season shows I like. No so, the 6th. I enjoy "George Burns" but the routine is lifted verbatim from Burns and Allen. You can have your Rose Nylan and Connie Stevens' Wendy. No one else could do Gracie. Not even Lucy.
  10. Miss Pat trivia: she was only 31 when she did The Lucy Show. She performed at her LA club until 1983, then moved to Lake Tahoe where did her act until 1992 "when ill health forced to retire". She died in 1997 and was only 62. Had had a stroke. But poor Miss Pat spent her childhood in orphanages and foster homes.
  11. Lucy is in top form. Highlights: following tea cart around so she can get her lunch; and her posture during delivery of "How about next Friday?" line. I love the Joanna Barnes-like performance of the salon host. I'll bet she did Gloria Upson in some production of "Auntie" or "Mame". Isn't uncredited model ("Come, Georgia") Cher's MOTHER? Though it's been done before (on Dick Van Dyke), I expected Lucy to get "accidentally" hypnotized. Mary Jane and Miss Pat: an unlikely friendship. Doesn't being at Lucy's beck and call for another "kooky caper" preclude having a social life? Mary Jane has a boyfriend?? (bites her nails then his during scary movie). Miss Pat has a pretty good singing voice. I didn't know her "That's All" was cut from the DVD.
  12. "Lucy & Pat Collins". For a California bank episode, it's pretty good....up to the disappointing last scene, made all the worse because everything that preceded it was good stuff. The fur salon is the highlight. The woman playing the saleswoman put a lot into a part that could have been a nothing. And Lucy is great throughout. Her 1967 Emmy was well-deserved (much more than the 1968 win IMO). Note that Lucy's look to Mary Jane after MJ says of the $30,000 coat Lucy's trying on "Why don't you buy it?" is the same look she gives Ethel when E suggests to Carolyn that she might be able to change her Hawaii reservations to come to Lucy's "party". But what were they thinking with the hypnotism scene? The nadir of which has Lucy and Mooney doing a Laurel and Hardy bit--under hypnosis (?!). Pat Collins, aka "Miss Pat" with her cat-eye glasses and piled-high cotton candy blonde hair, wins The Lucy Show's "Don Loper Award" for the most stilted, but somehow endearing performance by a non-actor in a Lucy show. (The Here's Lucy recipient: Lawrence Welk?). I never noticed before that Pat croons some of Edie Adams' "That's All" to end her act. I would guess Miss Pat's "The Hip Hypnotist" was an actual club act.
  13. You're probably right. Fewer shows were shot/aired in color in 65-66 than I realized. I always assumed, without any proof, that Dick Van Dyke went into the season knowing it was their last so continued in b/w because of that. I'd forgotten that Jeannie debuted that year and was initially in b/w (on color-pioneering NBC!) --with a different theme song. Me or Antenna is running the mostly-forgotten sitcom "Joey Bishop" which has the unique distinction of going from b/w in its first season to color for seasons 2 & 3, then back to b/w for its 4th and final. Filmed at Desilu, there are a lot of familiar names in the credits including Milt Josefsburg. Nothing is horrible about "Joey B..", but there's no draw either.
  14. The final episode "Lucy Fights the System", a great showcase for Lucie/Kim. And peppered with such great supporting players: Mary Treen, of course, Barbara Morrision, pie throwing Harry Holcome, John "Red" Fox (Danfield's Officer Wilcox), Eddie Quillen, Sid&Vanda and others I recognize but don't know names. Usually crowd scenes on HL feature people that can't even act as in "Milton Berle/Life of Party". To spare expenses, I figure. Maybe by 1974, LBP had made up the lost revenue going over budget on the "Burtons" show. A convenient excuse for Gary to pinch pennies, something I seriously doubt. Kudos to Jack Donahue for the deft pie throwing direction and choreography. Usually shots are framed lazily and give away what's going to happen. Example: Before Lucy throws Eva Gabor's necklace out the hospital window, director cuts to an awkward looking wide shot which telegraphs the bit in advance. But here Donahue does a quick pan from 2-shot of Harry Holcome and Jack Collins (with Gale out of the shot) and follows the pie to Gale's face. It's the perfect ending to the series. Gale's extended reaction is priceless. They must have planned this as the finale though I read somewhere that it wasn't the last one filmed. A couple of things: if Jack Collins has "just turned 40", so have I! I like that they use actual restaurant terms like "the deuce table" to indicate a 2-seater. You wouldn't have heard any acknowledgment of how old Lucy & Harry have become even 2 seasons previous ("There are people who won't do business with us because of OUR AGE"). And no one told writer Bob O'Brien that "the kids" don't wear jeans, faded or otherwise, when they go surfing!
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