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History Trivia / ILoveLucy

25th Apr '16 9:42:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Series/GilligansIsland Mrs Howell]] is a "Charm School" teacher.
** Lucy suspects new neighbor [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Dr Bellows]] is a terrorist.
** Teenager [[Radio/OurMissBrooks Walter Denton]] falls madly in love with Lucy in the episode "The Young Fans".
*** Or is it actually the young [[Film/{{Rambo}} Col. Trautman]]?
** In one of the Connecticut episodes, Ricky and Fred [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie dream of Jeannie]].
17th Apr '16 5:06:47 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice:
** George O'Hanlon as Charley Appleby. You might not recognize his name or appearance, but as soon as he speaks you'll recognize him as the voice of [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson]].
*** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', in "The Young Fans", Janet Waldo, a.k.a. daughter Judy, appeared as a teenage girl with a crush on Ricky Ricardo.
** Arthur Q. Bryan as Mr. Chambers. You also might not recognize his name or appearance, but as soon as he speaks you'll recognize him as the voice of [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]].
16th Jan '16 9:53:48 PM dsneybuf
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* 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]]. In 2013, CBS began a yearly tradition of airing the special in color (they previously attempted this in the early '90s, but the crudity of the technology prevented it from becoming a yearly tradition).

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* 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]]. In 2013, From 1990-1994, CBS began had a yearly tradition of airing the special in color (they previously attempted this color, which they revived in the early '90s, but the crudity of the technology prevented it from becoming 2013 with a yearly tradition).newer print.
11th Jan '16 4:02:22 PM dsneybuf
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* 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]]. In 2013, CBS aired the special in color and later released the entire thing on DVD.

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* 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]]. In 2013, CBS aired began a yearly tradition of airing the special in color and later released (they previously attempted this in the entire thing on DVD.early '90s, but the crudity of the technology prevented it from becoming a yearly tradition).
29th Dec '15 4:55:42 PM dsneybuf
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** Desi Arnaz demanded that the second act of the episode "Lucy Tells The Truth" be rewritten. The plot involves Ricky, Fred and Ethel betting Lucy that she could not tell the truth for 24 hours. The original second act involved an IRS agent coming to the apartment to audit Ricky, and Lucy being forced to tell him about Ricky cheating on his taxes. Desi balked at the idea of Ricky cheating on his taxes, and a new second act was written.


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** Desi Arnaz demanded that the second act of the episode "Lucy Tells The Truth" be rewritten. The plot involves Ricky, Fred and Ethel betting Lucy that she could not tell the truth for 24 hours. The original second act involved an IRS agent coming to the apartment to audit Ricky, and Lucy being forced to tell him about Ricky cheating on his taxes. Desi balked at the idea of Ricky cheating on his taxes, and a new second act was written.
14th Dec '15 2:31:54 AM Soufriere
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* BeamMeUpScotty: Ricky has never actually entered a scene with, "LU-CYYYY, I'M HO-OOOME!"

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* BeamMeUpScotty: Ricky has never actually entered a scene with, "LU-CYYYY, I'M HO-OOOME!"



* TheDanza: Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo. She did the exact same thing in her two new shows, despite being different characters. 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.
** Cousin Ernie.

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* TheDanza: Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo. She did the exact same thing in her two new later shows, despite being different characters. 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.
** Cousin Ernie.Ernie, played by Tennessee Ernie Ford.



** Teenager[[Radio/OurMissBrooks Walter Denton]] falls madly in love with Lucy in the episode "The Young Fans".

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** Teenager[[Radio/OurMissBrooks Teenager [[Radio/OurMissBrooks Walter Denton]] falls madly in love with Lucy in the episode "The Young Fans".



** In one of the Conneticut episodes Ricky and Fred [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie dream of Jeannie]]

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** In one of the Conneticut episodes Connecticut episodes, Ricky and Fred [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie dream of Jeannie]]Jeannie]].



*** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', in the ''Young Fans'' Janet Waldo, a.k.a. daughter Judy, appeared as a teenaged girl with a crush on Ricky Ricardo.

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*** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', in the ''Young Fans'' "The Young Fans", Janet Waldo, a.k.a. daughter Judy, appeared as a teenaged teenage girl with a crush on Ricky Ricardo.



* LaughTrack: The show didn't have one it was famously filmed in front of a live audience. However, the laughter you hear here would be used as the basis for canned laughter in sitcoms for decades to come.



*** Almost the entire plot was [[RecycledScript reused for an episode]] with Pepito replaced by a considerably ''less'' creepy clown.
* RealLifeRelative: As mentioned, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz really were married for more or less the entire length of the series.
* RedScare: Lucille Ball almost fell victim to it in real life; she had given a private testimony to the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) the day "The Girls Go Into Business" was filmed. She was cleared, and was one of the lucky ones to not get put onto the Hollywood Blacklist.

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*** Almost the entire plot was [[RecycledScript reused for an episode]] early episode]], with Pepito replaced by a considerably ''less'' creepy clown.
* RealLifeRelative: As mentioned, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz really were married for more or less the entire length of the series.
series, though their marriage was failing towards the end of it and they divorced almost immediately after the final episode wrapped.
* RedScare: Lucille Ball almost fell victim to it in real life; life she was known to despise Vice President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, and had given a private testimony to the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) the day "The Girls Go Into Business" was filmed. She was cleared, and was one of the lucky ones to not get put onto the Hollywood Blacklist.



** Oddly enough, after their divorce, Desi spent a great deal of time in Cuba apparently with Fidel Castro's blessing, and in direct violation of the embargo. It's worth noting that Desi came from the comparatively small wave of pre-1959 Cuban expats who fled rightwing dictator Fulgencio Batista (rather than the far larger wave that fled the communists); thus, he had no particular animosity toward Fidel.



** The candy factory showing Lucy and Ethel working, handling food, ''without gloves''. That would ''not'' happen today.

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** The candy factory showing Lucy and Ethel working, handling food, ''without gloves''. That would ''not'' happen today.[[note]] High-level chefs to this day still do not wear gloves, but they're trained to know how to avoid contamination. In places like candy factories, gloves are required.[[/note]]



*** Inverted for the episodes set in Paris. When the show was made, France was still using the old Franc, the value of which had utterly collapsed thanks to two world wars; the going exchange rate was 350 francs to the dollar and would soon rise. France switched it out for the New Franc in 1960, which had much saner exchange rates (around [=7F=1USD=] at the time they adopted the Euro).

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*** Inverted for the episodes set in Paris. When the show was made, France was still using the old Franc, the value of which had utterly collapsed thanks to two world wars; wars the going exchange rate at the time was 350 francs to the dollar and would soon rise. France switched it out for the New Franc in 1960, which had much saner exchange rates (around [=7F=1USD=] at the time they adopted the Euro).Euro).
*** Of course the episodes set in the UK make reference to UsefulNotes/OldBritishMoney, which wasn't "old" then; Sterling would be decimalized in 1971, fifteen years after the episodes aired.



** 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).



** "Lucy Goes to Scotland" would have aired in full color, if not for CBS' inability to afford color film. The episode was later colorized in 2007, as a bonus feature for a complete series DVD set of ''I Love Lucy'' and ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour''.

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** "Lucy Goes to Scotland" would have aired in full color, if not for CBS' CBS's inability to afford color film. The episode was later colorized in 2007, as a bonus feature for a complete series DVD set of ''I Love Lucy'' and the ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour''.



** 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''. 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, however, by that time, Pepper had 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 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''.''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, however, by that time, 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.
12th Dec '15 5:59:35 PM billybobfred
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** Lucy has been quoted to say "We figured we couldn't lose. We'd ether make money off the deal, or at least we'd have the best set of home movies in the world."

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** Lucy has been quoted to say "We "[[XanatosGambit We figured we couldn't lose. We'd ether either make money off the deal, or at least we'd have the best set of home movies in the world."]]"
11th Nov '15 12:19:35 AM Mikeyfan93
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** "The Young Fans" guest starred Janet Waldo ([[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Judy Jetson]]).
18th Jul '15 3:52:48 AM Soufriere
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*** Inverted for the episodes set in Paris. When the show was made, France was still using the old Franc, the value of which had utterly collapsed thanks to two world wars; the going exchange rate was 350 francs to the dollar and would soon rise. France switched it out for the New Franc in 1960, which had much saner exchange rates [=(~7F=1USD=] at the time they adopted the Euro).

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*** Inverted for the episodes set in Paris. When the show was made, France was still using the old Franc, the value of which had utterly collapsed thanks to two world wars; the going exchange rate was 350 francs to the dollar and would soon rise. France switched it out for the New Franc in 1960, which had much saner exchange rates [=(~7F=1USD=] (around [=7F=1USD=] at the time they adopted the Euro).
18th Jul '15 3:52:16 AM Soufriere
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*** Inverted for the episodes set in Paris. When the show was made, France was still using the old Franc, the value of which had utterly collapsed thanks to two world wars; the going exchange rate was 350 francs to the dollar and would soon rise. France switched it out for the New Franc in 1960, which had much saner exchange rates ([=~7F=1USD=] at the time they adopted the Euro).

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*** Inverted for the episodes set in Paris. When the show was made, France was still using the old Franc, the value of which had utterly collapsed thanks to two world wars; the going exchange rate was 350 francs to the dollar and would soon rise. France switched it out for the New Franc in 1960, which had much saner exchange rates ([=~7F=1USD=] [=(~7F=1USD=] at the time they adopted the Euro).
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