History Trivia / ILoveLucy

17th Mar '18 11:16:43 PM SnowB
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** Lucille Ball originally wanted the roles of Fred and Ethel to be played by longtime friends and comic foils Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet. However, at the time, Gordon was already committed to play DeanBitterman Osgood Conklin on ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', while Benaderet was committed to play NosyNeighbor Blanche Morton on ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow'' (Gordon would later act as Lucy's foil on ''The Lucy Show''). Another longtime friend of Ball's, Barbara Pepper, who later went on to play Doris Ziffel on ''Series/GreenAcres'', was also considered to play Ethel. Unfortunately, Pepper had at that time been drinking very heavily after her husband, Craig Reynolds, passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident. With Frawley, whose fondness for the bottle was legendary, already cast as Fred, Desi Arnaz felt he couldn't take the chance of having the responsibility of keeping two people in line.

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** Lucille Ball originally wanted the roles of Fred and Ethel to be played by longtime friends and comic foils Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet. However, at Gordon's salary demands were too high for the time, Gordon first season's limited budget (most reports erroneously claim he was already committed unavailable because of his commitment to play DeanBitterman Osgood Conklin on ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''), while Benaderet was already committed to play NosyNeighbor Blanche Morton on ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow'' (Gordon would later act as Lucy's foil on ''The Lucy Show''). Another longtime friend of Ball's, Barbara Pepper, who later went on to play Doris Ziffel on ''Series/GreenAcres'', was also considered to play Ethel. Unfortunately, Pepper had at that time been drinking very heavily after her husband, Craig Reynolds, passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident. With After Frawley, whose fondness for the bottle was legendary, already was cast as Fred, Desi Arnaz felt he couldn't take the chance of having the responsibility of keeping two people in line.



* YouLookFamiliar: Elizabeth Patterson first played Mother Willoughby in "The Marriage License," then returned during the second season to play babysitter Mrs. Trumbull.
** Charles Lane also had multiple appearances, usually as a different clerk at a government office or business each time. He played an excellent hard-nosed bureaucrat, and in "Lucy Has a Baby" appeared as an expectant father.
** Mary Jane Croft played a former classmate of Lucy's in "Lucy Is Envious" and a nosy airplane passenger in "Return Home from Europe" before becoming a semi-regular as Connecticut neighbor Betty Ramsey in season 6.

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Elizabeth Patterson first played Mother Willoughby in "The Marriage License," then returned during the second season to play babysitter Mrs. Trumbull.
** Charles Lane also had multiple appearances, usually as a different clerk at a government office or business each time. He played an excellent hard-nosed bureaucrat, and appeared in "Lucy Has a Baby" appeared Goes to the Hospital" as an expectant father.
** Mary Jane Croft played a former classmate of Lucy's Cynthia Harcourt in "Lucy Is Envious" and a nosy airplane passenger Evelyn Bigsby in "Return Home from Europe" before becoming a semi-regular as Connecticut neighbor Betty Ramsey in season 6.



** The actor who played the Ricardo's milkman in one New York episode returned to play Bobby the Bellboy in the Hollywood episodes.

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** The actor Bobby Jellison, who played the Ricardo's milkman in one New York episode episode, returned to play Bobby the Bellboy in the Hollywood episodes.
17th Mar '18 11:00:29 PM SnowB
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** Logistics prevented studio audiences from attending several filmings, including "Ricky Minds the Baby" and "Desert Island." The former had no audience because the producers were afraid of startling the infant actors playing Little Ricky, the latter because of the number of sets. These episodes were subsequently screened for audiences, and their laughter recorded to the audio track.

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** Logistics prevented studio audiences from attending several filmings, including "Ricky Minds the Baby" and "Desert Island." The former had no audience because the (the producers were afraid of startling feared an audience would startle the infant actors playing Little Ricky, Ricky), "Home Movies" (due to the latter because technical issues of filming and editing all the home movie footage), and "Desert Island" (due to the number of sets.sets). These episodes were subsequently screened for audiences, and their laughter recorded to the audio track.
28th Dec '17 8:03:40 AM Pinokio
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16th Dec '17 10:21:39 AM SnowBrian
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* TheOtherDarrin:
** Marion Strong was first portrayed by Margie Liszt in the season 2 episode "The Club Election." Shirley Mitchell took over the role for three episodes the following season, most notably "Lucy Tells the Truth."
** Charlie Appleby, Caroline's husband, was first played by Hy Averback in season 3's "Baby Pictures," then by George O'Hanlon for season 6's "Lucy & Superman."
** Grace Munson was initially played by Hazel Pierce in "The Club Election," then by Ruth Brady in the final season.
14th May '17 5:01:48 PM NightShade96
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* HostilityOnTheSet: Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played Ethel and Fred Mertz on ''Series/ILoveLucy''.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played Ethel and Fred Mertz on ''Series/ILoveLucy''.Mertz.
14th May '17 5:01:14 PM NightShade96
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* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: While Lucille Ball is known as one of the funniest women on television, she actually didn't think she was that good at improvisation, and would often rehearse a scene endlessly until she thought she had it just right.
** Contrasted with Desi, who was not a professional comedian but was naturally funny and had a knack for improvisation.

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While Lucille Ball is known as one of the funniest women on television, she actually didn't think she was that good at improvisation, and would often rehearse a scene endlessly until she thought she had it just right.
** Contrasted with Desi, who was not a professional comedian but was naturally funny and had a knack for improvisation. improvisation.
* HostilityOnTheSet: Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played Ethel and Fred Mertz on ''Series/ILoveLucy''.
** The contempt grew to such extremes that Vance would often memorize her scripts just to see how much screen time she had with Frawley.
** Despite the hostilities, both were said to be professionals on the set and were noted for their amazing chemistry with each other on screen, to the point that when it first came out, fans of the show could not believe it. However, part of why they worked on screen together was in part because the pair played an embodiment of LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
12th May '17 10:18:55 AM nightkiller
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** As mentioned above, the episodes where the cast visit Cuba seem absolutely bizarre in an era where Americans have been banned from travelling to the island for over half a century and counting. The regular series ended two years before Castro and the communists took over (even if the ''Comedy Hours'' are included, the series wrapped a year before the embargo happened).

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** As mentioned above, the episodes where the cast visit Cuba seem absolutely bizarre in an era where Americans have been banned from travelling to the island for over half a century and counting. The regular series ended two years before Castro and the communists took over (even if the ''Comedy Hours'' are included, the series wrapped a year before the embargo happened). The plot ''Comedy Hour'', broadcast on April 1, 1960, revolves around Ricky possibly returning to Cuba to run a family tobacco plantation.
2nd May '17 10:23:53 AM SnowB
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** Vivian Vance (who played Ethel) was so sick of being called "Ethel" on the street that when she appeared on either of the spin-offs her character was always named Viv, Vi, or Vivian.

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** Vivian Vance (who played Ethel) was so sick grew tired of being called "Ethel" fans calling her by that name on the street that when street. When she appeared on either of the spin-offs Ball's subsequent shows, she stipulated that her character was always be named Viv, Vi, or Vivian.Vivian (usually called Viv).



** One episode does actually have a laugh track though; specifically, the episode "Ricky Minds the Baby". It was filmed with no audience because the producers were afraid of startling the infant actors who were playing Little Ricky. This is the only time a laugh track was used in the show, though.
* MissingEpisode: The Christmas Special was not included in syndication packages in order to prevent the episode from airing out of season, and also because of a supposed lack of interest in [[ClipShow Clip Shows]]. From 1990-1994, CBS had a yearly tradition of airing the special in color, which they revived in 2013 with a newer print.
** The {{Pilot}} was not intended for public broadcast, but it might also qualify. After CBS approved the show, Lucy and Desi gave a kinescope of the pilot to their friend Pepito Perez, who guest-starred. Since no one saw it afterward except for Pepito, his wife, and their friends, archivists spent decades assuming it got lost altogether. Pepito's widow finally brought it out of hiding in 1990. It took over 20 more years for CBS to find the uncut 35mm negative for the pilot.

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number of sets. These episodes were subsequently screened for audiences, and their laughter recorded to the audio track.
* MissingEpisode: The Christmas Special episode was not included in syndication packages in order to prevent the episode from airing out of season, and also because of a supposed lack of interest in [[ClipShow Clip Shows]]. From 1990-1994, CBS had a yearly tradition of airing the special episode in color, color as a special, which they revived in 2013 with a newer print.
[[TechnologyMarchesOn improved colorization.]]
** The {{Pilot}} was not intended for public broadcast, but it might also qualify. After CBS approved the show, Lucy and Desi gave a kinescope of the pilot to their friend Pepito Perez, who guest-starred. Since no one saw it afterward except for Pepito, his wife, wife and their friends, archivists spent decades assuming it got had been lost altogether.to time. Pepito's widow finally brought it out of hiding in 1990. It took over 20 more years for CBS to find the uncut original 35mm negative for the pilot.



* RealLifeRelative: As mentioned, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz really were married for the entire length of the series, though their marriage was failing towards the end of it and they divorced almost immediately after the final episode wrapped.

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* RealLifeRelative: As mentioned, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz really were married for the entire length of the series, though their marriage was failing towards the end of it and they ultimately divorced almost immediately after in 1960. Had the final episode wrapped.marriage continued, the show would've as well.



** Brought up at one of the various award shows she appeared in as a presenter. Creator/BobHope jokes that the show probably airs in Heaven. She quips "Well if they are, they better be paying for it!"
* ThrowItIn: The 1952 episode "Cuban Pals" features Ricky attempting to translate Lucy's questions for his Cuban friends. Desi Arnaz mistakenly translates one question in English, resulting in him almost doubling over in laughter onscreen for almost a minute.
** Another is the scene in Hollywood when Lucy's fake nose catches on fire and she dunks it in a glass of water to extinguish it. It's notable because Lucille Ball was a very strict perfectionist who rehearsed scenes tirelessly, and that was one of the few times where a ThrowItIn moment wasn't thrown out.
*** It probably didn't hurt that reportedly Lucy was very concerned about the safety of a lit wick so close to her face, and figured better not push her luck with a second take.

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** Brought up at one of the various award shows she appeared in as a presenter. Creator/BobHope jokes that the show probably airs in Heaven. She quips "Well if they are, they better be they're not paying for it!"
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* ThrowItIn: The 1952 episode "Cuban Pals" features Ricky attempting to translate Lucy's questions for his Cuban friends. Desi Arnaz mistakenly translates one question in English, resulting in him almost doubling over in laughter onscreen for almost a minute.laughter.
** Another is the scene in Hollywood when Lucy's fake putty nose catches on fire and she dunks it in a glass of water her coffee cup to extinguish it.it. The script had called for her to remove the nose and dunk it; her leaving it on and lowering her face into the coffee was an ad-lib. It's notable because Lucille Ball was a very strict perfectionist who rehearsed scenes tirelessly, and that was one of the few times where a ThrowItIn moment wasn't thrown out.
*** It probably didn't hurt that reportedly that, reportedly, Lucy was very concerned about the safety of a lit wick so close to her face, and figured she better not push her luck with a second take.



** As mentioned above, the episodes where the cast visit Cuba seem absolutely bizarre in an era where Americans have been banned from travelling to the island for over half a century and counting. The regular series ended two years before Castro and the communists took over (even if the ''Comedy Hour'' specials are included, the series wrapped a year before the embargo happened).

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** As mentioned above, the episodes where the cast visit Cuba seem absolutely bizarre in an era where Americans have been banned from travelling to the island for over half a century and counting. The regular series ended two years before Castro and the communists took over (even if the ''Comedy Hour'' specials Hours'' are included, the series wrapped a year before the embargo happened).



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28th Dec '16 11:19:45 PM JewelSparkles
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** One episode does actually have a laugh track though; specifically, the episode "Ricky Minds the Baby". It was filmed with no audience because the producers were afraid of startling the infant actors who were playing Little Ricky. This is the only time a laugh track was used in the show, though.
28th Dec '16 11:05:20 PM JewelSparkles
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** According to [[WordOfGod Lucy herself]], though, she did the 'ar' combo on the advice of Carole Lombard, who said the double 'ar' combination in her own name brought good luck. Lucy kept up the tradition after Lombard died as a tribute to her.
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