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The Paley Center for Media in New York is celebrating Lucy's centennial by showcasing some of Lucy's rarest appearances on television. Most of these are things you will not see anywhere else. Among them: The Greatest Show on Earth, The Practice with Danny Thomas, The Good Years, The Do Ho Show, The Zsa Zsa Gabor Show, and more! This will be throughout August and the beginning of September. The end of September begins their salute to the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy. This will be watching a treasure trove of Lucy on the big screen with other Lucy fans. I urge anyone who will be in New York at the time to check these out!


We Love Lucy: Screenings @ the Paley Center

Friday, August 5, 2011

to Saturday, September 3, 2011

New York



2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of "The First Lady of Television," Lucille Ball, on August 6 and the 60th anniversary of the debut of I Love Lucy on October 15. The Paley Center is offering screenings of four compilation packages of programming from the collection to celebrate these milestones, including many programs not seen since their original airing. Below are the screenings to celebrate the centennial in August


The Paley Center Celebrates Lucille Ball’s Centennial

A look at Ball’s unparalleled work in the medium of television.




A Variety of Lucy

(compilation; 116 minutes)





Screening Wednesdays to Sundays at 3:15 pm

August 5 to 18, 2011




The Carol Burnett Show (1968) (Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Nancy Wilson)

In this long out of circulation episode, Lucy joins Carol Burnett in a soap opera spoof, As the Stomach Turns, and a musical salute to some of history’s greatest women.


The Carol Burnett Show (1970) (Lucille Ball, Mel Tormé)

Lucy returns to Carol’s show for sketches and musical numbers, including a takeoff on Some Like It Hot, in this seldom seen episode.


Dinah Shore: Like Hep (1969)

In this infrequently seen special, Dinah Shore and Diana Ross attempt to teach Lucy that “hip” is now “hep” through song.


Donny & Marie (1977)

Lucy performs the Emmy-nominated song “Leading Lady” and shows off her flair for impressions in this rarely shown segment.


The Garry Moore Show (1960)

Lucy shares some of her favorite outtakes from her film The Facts of Life, costarring Bob Hope, on this television classic.


The Ed Sullivan Show (1961)

The Ed Sullivan Show provides the only film record of Lucille Ball’s sole Broadway appearance, Wildcat, when Lucy performs the hit song “Hey, Look Me Over!” on the show.


The Ed Sullivan Show (1968)

Lucy promotes her most successful film, Yours, Mine and Ours, with the eighteen young performers who play her children.


The Don Ho Show (1977)

Lucy joins her daughter Lucie Arnaz on this Hawaiian based series, not seen since its original airing.


The Dick Cavett Show (1971)

Lucy shares the stage with Lucie Arnaz and Carol Burnett.




Lucy Rarities

(compilation; 126 minutes)





Screening Wednesdays to Sundays at 12:30 pm

August 19 to September 3, 2011




The Good Years (1962)


Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda salute the early part of the twentieth century in this special not seen since its original airing in 1962.


The Greatest Show on Earth: Lady in Limbo (1963)


In her dramatic television debut, Lucille Ball plays a circus performer who takes in an orphaned boy.


The Practice: The Dream (1976)

Ball makes her sole appearance on a sitcom not playing a “Lucy” character when she guest stars on Danny Thomas’s 1976 series.


The Zsa Zsa Gabor Show (1969)

Hostess Zsa Zsa Gabor welcomes Lucille Ball, Adam West, and Marty Allen as her guests in this unique talk show pilot.




The Paley Center Celebrates

I Love Lucy’s 60th Anniversary

I Love Lucy pioneered the television situation comedy as the first to be done in front of a live studio audience with three cameras on film, thus allowing the show to be rerun and to go into syndication forever.



Classic Lucy & Desi

(compilation; 113 minutes)





Screening Wednesdays to Sundays at 12:30 pm

September 28 to October 13, 2011 (No screenings: October 5, 6, and 7)





The Ed Wynn Show (1949)

Lucy and Desi Arnaz make their first joint television appearance here.


The Toast of the Town (1954)

In this special installment, Ed Sullivan dedicates his entire program to I Love Lucy.


The Ed Sullivan Show (1956)

When Lucy and Desi promote their film Forever, Darling, Lucy wants to get into the act.


Stars in the Eye (1952)

This sketch, which features Jack Benny interrupting the filming of I Love Lucy, is among the only footage of the cast on the set of I Love Lucy breaking character.




Eventful Lucy Moments

(compilation; 112 minutes)





Screening Wednesdays to Sundays at 12:30 pm

October 14 to 30, 2011




I Love Lucy Pilot (1951)

Lost for nearly forty years, this marks the first appearance of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.


Dinner with the President (1953)

The cast of I Love Lucy performs for President Eisenhower and reprises some memorable I Love Lucy numbers.


Dinah! (1975) (Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance)

Lucy is surprised by old friend Vivian Vance and the two happily reminisce in this classic talk show appearance also featuring Lucy’s mother, DeDe Ball; daughter, Lucie Arnaz; and Zsa Zsa Gabor.



These screenings feature only a small portion of the Paley Center’s vast collection of rare Lucille Ball programs. Lucy’s appearances on such programs as The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, Van Dyke & Company, and The Steve Lawrence Show can be viewed in the fourth floor library.




WE LOVE LUCY screenings

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Exactly!! And I fervently hope this same program is duplicated here at the LA Paley Center! :D :D :D

Can they get some of this great material out on DVD to raise money for their centers as i dun't thin Montreal is about to get one any time soon. Lucy is always tied up with anything in L A or N Y, but almost never anywhere else damnit!

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The Paley Center does not own the shows, so they can't release them on DVD.

I know, i was kidding, i had already read that FACT in your FAQing book, good God, everything's in there! I was stunned you even had gary's sister's shoe size and ring finger size in there, man you don't miss a thing!

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But couldn't some of these be included as bonus features on the remaining seasons of LS and HL? I'd especially like to see that ep of Dinah!

Yes, that's what i was thinking exactly, there are still FOUR seasons of her shows and some specials to come out . . .

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Hmmmm, could this possibly explain the delay of "Here's Lucy" Season 5?!?! Maybe this will be a preview of some of the things to come to dvd. :lucysmirk:



Although it is possible some of these things might be seen on a DVD release, there's no connection between this event and the DVDs.

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Are any of these shows/specials available to be watched in the library after the event ends, or are these a one time only showing for this special event and then back to the vault?

But i would think that some of these thins are RARE and therefore The Center might want to hold on to the exclusivity of it all.

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All of the shows in the Paley Center collection can be viewed in the center's library.

Yes, but not everybody can get there bubbela. They should make Paley center tribute dvds and sell those so we could finance their little joint and get rare Lucy thins in the process.

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The Paley Center does not own the shows, so they can't release them on DVD. :lucythrill:

Ok, leave the RERUNS to TV ok? LOL! I heard you the first time, B U T i just think that MPI or someone else could partner with Paley and issue tribute DVDs that would just say as seen at the Paley center, or something, same as the Kennedy Center honoros should release their great shows and how about all those great specials we've seen, from the Museum of Televison and Radio which i believe is their OLD name, how about all these people release those priceless gems on dvd for the world to enjoy? It would make money for them to finance their endeavours and it would give fans priceless and very rare material not yet available for fans to see.

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