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    Lucy Show

    Jul 06, 2010

    Includes:The Lucy Show: Lucy's Barbershop Quartet (1963) The Lucy Show: Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower (1963) The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets John Wayne (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets a Roommate (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and George Burns (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and the Ring-a-Ding Ring (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Bean Queen (1966) The Lucy Show: Mooney the Monkey (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and Pat Collins (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy Goes to London (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and the Submarine (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and Paul Winchell (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Baby Sitter (1967) The Lucy Show: Viv Visits Lucy (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy and the French Movie Star (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets the Berles (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Fight Manager (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy's Substitute Secretary (1967) The Lucy Show: Little Old Lucy (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Trapped (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Starmaker (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets the Law (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy and Robert Goulet (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy's Barbershop Quartet Lucy (Lucille Ball wants to sing in Viv's Barbershop Quartet, but Viv (Vivian Vance) has reservations about her roommate's singing talents (or lack of same). However, when one of the quartet members is forced to drop out just before a big musical contest in Albany, Viv decides to give Lucy a chance. Of course, this requires our heroine to take some singing lessons in a hurry--and inasmuch as the inimitable Hans Conried is cast as the flustered music teacher, it's not hard to determine what happens next! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower There just isn't enough space in a single bathroom for the five members of the Carmichael-Bagley household, thus Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Viv (Vivian Vance) decide to install an extra shower. Neighbor Harry (Dick Martin) arranges for a plumber to do the job cheap, only to have the plumber quit in disgust over Lucy's constant meddling. Clearly, there is no other alternative for the girls than to finish the job themselves. This is the notorious episode in which Vivian Vance actually rescues Lucille Ball from drowning while the cameras are rolling! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets John Wayne No synopsis available. The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets a Roommate Carol Burnett makes her first Lucy Show appearance as Carol Bradford, a meek, frumpy librarian who has become the new roommate of Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball). Hoping to get the timid Carol out of her shell, Lucy and Mary Jane (Mary Jane Croft) throw a party for the girl, replete with such guests as The Vagabonds, a musical group (and yes, that's an unbilled Joe Pesci as one of the performers!) Unwittingly, Carol drinks a wee bit too much at the party, and as a result sheds her inhibitions (and some of her clothes!) with a boisterous performance of "Hard-Hearted Hannah." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs In the concluding episode of a two-part story, Lucy's roommate Carol Bradford (Carol Burnett) is hired along with The Vagabonds to perform a musical act at an upcoming Palm Springs golf tournament. When she is invited to accompany Carol to the gig, Lucy (Lucille Ball) feigns illness so she can skip work. Upon her arrival at Palm Springs, Lucy is fixed up with a date with handsome movie actor Collin Grant (Dan Rowan)--who happens to be the golfing partner of Lucy's boss Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon). Carol, Lucy and The Vagabonds (including an uncredited Joe Pesci!) perform "Lazy River" and "The Hukilau Song." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and George Burns Season Five of The Lucy Show begins, typically enough, with a guest star--in this instance the ageless George Burns. While doing business with banker Mooney (Gale Gordon), Burns confides that he is working up a new nightclub act: All he needs is a "kooky" female partner. Enter Mooney's secretary Lucy (Lucille Ball), who proceeds to amaze Burns with a convoluted explanation of her unique filing system. Duly impressed, Burns invites Lucy to join him on stage--and what follows is not only a fond recreation of the old "Burns and Allen" days (with Lucy, of course, as Gracie), but also a song-and-dance duet to the tune of the old Sophie Tucker standard "Some of These Days." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and the Ring-a-Ding Ring In a moment of weakness, Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) permits Lucy (Lucille Ball) to try on a $6000 ring that he has purchased as an anniversary present for his wife. Of course, Lucy's finger immediately swells up, making it impossible to remove the valuable ring. This makes our heroine so upset that she downs several tranquilizers to calm down--leaving Mooney with the problem of not only retrieving the ring but escorting the semi-comatose Lucy back to her apartment without arousing undue attention! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Bean Queen In desperate need of money for new furniture, Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Mary Jane (Mary Jane Croft) attempt to take advantage of an advertising campaign created by Col. Andrew Bailey (Ed Begley), aka "The Bean King." Succeeding at getting double her money back on a can of Colonel Bailey's Bean, Lucy and Mary Jane go through the same rigmarole time and time again, until the two ladies have managed to collect $1500. What our heroines don't know is that Lucy's boss Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) is Colonel Bailey's biggest investor! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Mooney the Monkey No synopsis available. The Lucy Show: Lucy and Pat Collins Popular professional hypnotist Pat Collins appears in this episode, in which Lucy (Lucille Ball) seeks out a cure for Mr. Mooney's insomnia. In the course of Collins' nightclub act, a hypnotized Lucy and Mooney (Gale Gordon) impersonate Laurel and Hardy, and Lucy does impressions of Jackie Gleason and Carol Channing. Eventually, Collins comes up with a post-hypnotic suggestion that will enable Mooney to catch a little shut-eye--and which, of course, Lucy will inadvertently trigger at all the wrong moments! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Goes to London This episode was designed as a lead-in for the CBS special Lucy in London, which aired on October 24, 1966. Having entered the winning jingle for the Arf Arf Dog Food company, Lucy (Lucille Ball) wins first prize: An all-expense-paid trip to London. This being her first overseas flight, Lucy is understandably nervous, which results in a truly bumpy ride for her unwilling travelling companion--Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon). Pat Priest of The Munsters fame is seen as a harried stewardess. The opening "conveyor belt" gag was written by longtime I Love Lucy scriveners Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll Jr., who also penned the script for the Lucy in London special. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and the Submarine Called up for two weeks' service as a Naval reserve Lieutenant Commander, Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) is reluctantly committed to be first officer on the submarine manned by Commander Moore (Robert Carson)--and it's all because of Lucy's well-meaning interference. But wait--there's more! Obliged to deliver an important message to Mooney, Lucy (Lucille Ball) is forced to disguise herself as a male sailor. A literally explosive climax caps this waterlogged misadventure, in which future Lucy Show semi-regular Roy Roberts (Mr. Cheever) appears as an admiral. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and Paul Winchell Angling for a raise, Lucy (Lucille Ball) hopes to collect on a favor owed her by ventriloquist Paul Winchell) by arranging for him to perform at the annual bank banquet. This premise enables Lucy to go through an elaborate "Am I Surprised!" charade when she confronts Winchell's dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smif, who seem to have voices (and minds) of their own. Later on, Lucy inadvertently misplaces Winchell's newest "creation", a blond dummy named Tessie--and as a result Winchell performs his act with an unusually tall and inordinately lively female dummy! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft Confusion reigns supreme when a draft notice intended for a "Lou C. Carmichael" shows up in the mailbox of Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball). Despite the frenzied efforts of Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) to correct this bureaucratic snafu, Lucy is forced to undergo basic training at a Marine boot camp until the higher-ups receive official word that she is "Lucy" and not "Lou C." Jim Nabors shows up briefly in his familiar "Gomer Pyle" guise. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account No synopsis available. The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Baby Sitter After another of her many fights with boss Mooney (Gale Gordon), Lucy (Lucille Ball) quits her job and signs up with the "Unique Employment Agency" (ironically the same firm that would employ Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon on the later sitcom Here's Lucy). For her first assignment, Lucy is sent to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Winslow to babysit for the couple's three children. Imagine our heroine's surprise when those "children" turn out to be a trio of trained simians--or, more specifically, the famous Marquis Chimps. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Viv Visits Lucy Vivian Vance makes her first Lucy Show appearance since leaving the series at the end of Season Three, reprising her familiar role as Lucy's best friend Vivian Bagley--now known as Vivan Bunson, thanks to "that little band of gold." But it's not entirely a sentimental reunion: Viv has arrived from Danfield on a mission to rescue young Herbie Walton (Les Brown Jr.), who has seemingly dropped out of medical school to become an unshaven hippie on the Sunset Strip. Yes, this is the classic episode in which Lucy and Viv disguise themselves as hippies (though they look more like beatniks), then engage in a wild dancer number with a pair of male hippies (who look more like motorcycle bums). Far out, right on! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard Former movie villain turned Hollywood producer Sheldon Leonard arranges to film a scene for his latest TV pilot at Mr. Mooney's bank. Unaware of this, Lucy (Lucille Ball) jumps to the wrong conclusion when she hears Leonard, "in character" as a gangster, planning a major bank heist. Thus it is that Lucy and Mary Jane (Mary Jane Croft) disguise themselves as scrubwomen to foil the sinister schemes of the "crooked" Mr. Leonard. This final episode of The Lucy Show's fifth season closes with a marvelously Pirandellian moment, as Sheldon Leonard contemplates creating a new series built around the antics of a zany redhead! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and the French Movie Star Jacques Bergerac guests in this episode as international movie idol Jacques Dupres, who shows up at the bank in hopes of financing his latest Hollywood movie. On orders from Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon), Lucy arrives at Jacques' apartment to draft a formal letter of agreement. Unfortunately, our heroine is quickly swept off her feet by DuPres' continental charm--not to mention a few too many sips of champagne! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets the Berles In this first episode of The Lucy Show's sixth and final season, Lucy (Lucille Ball) has briefly parted company with boss Mooney (Gale Gordon) to work part-time as a secretary for comedian Milton Berle). At the same time, Berle is attempting to change his image and become a dramatic actor, and to this ends rehearses a passionate movie love scene with actress Ruta Lee). Overhearing this rehearsal, Lucy jumps to the wrong conclusion--and spends the rest of the episode trying to save the marriage between Uncle Miltie and his wife Ruth Cosgrove Berle. The closing "salad" gag is priceless--and so funny that a giggling Ruta Lee is unable to deliver her lines, forcing Lucy to briefly take over both parts! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Fight Manager Don Rickles guests in this episode as Eddie Rickles (what a stretch!), a former boxer who wants to buy a flower shop. When Mooney (Gale Gordon) denies Eddie the necessary $3000 loan, Lucy (Lucille Ball) takes matters into her own hands by arranging a comeback for the punchy pugilist in a bout with the much-younger Sonny Shaw (Bruce Mars). Her efforts to bolster Eddie's confidence succeed all too well--especially when, after getting her hands on the three grand by other means, Lucy must convince Eddie that he's all washed up! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy's Substitute Secretary On the eve of her vacation to Lake Arrowhead, Lucy (Lucille Ball) is introduced to Audrey Fields (Ruta Lee), her temporarily replacement at the bank. Accurately sizing up the bleach-blonde Audrey as a conniving predator who hopes to permanently replace Lucy by playing up to Mooney (Gale Gordon), Lucy decides to stick around town long enough to show up Audrey for the phony that she is. This mission, of course, requires a few clever disguises--and that is why Lucy shows up at various junctures impersonating an interior decorator, a carper shampooer, and a wealthy (and elderly) depositor! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Little Old Lucy Singer-comedian Dennis Day guest stars as Cornelius Heatherington Jr. the octogenarian president of the Wesleyan bank. To keep Heatherington in a good mood while he and boss Cheever (Roy Roberts) arrange a banquet in the old guy's honor, Mooney (Gale Gordon) persuades Lucy to be Heatherington's date--a task that requires our heroine to don an elaborate "age" makeup, complete with grey wig and shawl. What results is one of The Lucy Show's most energetic episodes ever, as the young-at-heart Heatherington enthusiastically squires Lucy's superannuated alter ego "Amelia Van Dyne." (Trivia note: At the time this episode was filmed, Dennis Day was actually all of 49 years old--or roughly eight years younger than Lucille Ball!) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Trapped Hoping to attend a sale at Stacy's Department Store, Lucy (Lucille Ball) ducks out of work by fabricating a story about being seriously ill. Unfortunately, the ruse blows up in her face when she shows up at Stacy's and is promptly lauded as the store's ten-millionth customer. The trick now is to prevent Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) from seeing Lucy's picture in the paper. Just when it looks as if Lucy's goose is cooked, Mooney's boss Mr. Cheever (Roy Roberts) unexpectedly comes to the rescue. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford Tennessee Ernie Ford, who'd made three major guest appearances on the old I Love Lucy, is back for more on The Lucy Show. With Mr. Mooney's job in jeopardy unless he can land a big bank account, Lucy (Lucille Ball) tries to persuade millionaire country singer Homer Higgins (Ford) and his singing family (The Bank Porch Majority) to invest their savings in the bank. To expedite this plan, Lucy passes herself and her boss off as the countrified couple Irma and Josh Mooney--and then arranges for the bank to host an after-hours hoedown! Roy Roberts makes his first series appearance in the role of Mooney's boss Mr. Cheever, while Tennessee Ernie Ford sings "The Ladies' Auxiliary Barn Dance." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Starmaker Singer Frankie Avalon guests in this episode as Thomas Cheever, the nephew of Mooney's boss Mr. Cheever (Roy Roberts). Although the elder Cheever wants Thomas to give up his dreams of a showbiz career and go into the banking business, Lucy (Lucille Ball) becomes convinced that the boy has star potential--and to prove it, she arranges an "accidental" meeting between Thomas and talent scout Mr. Penrose (Lew Parker). Frankie Avalon sings "Walking Happy" and a spoof of "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover", then shows off his skill as a trumpeter in the ensemble number "When the Feeling Hits You." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets the Law Through a series of misunderstandings, Lucy (Lucille Ball) is assumed to be a notorious jewel thief called "The Red Flash" and is arrested by a zealous police lieutenant (Claude Akins). Assuming that she has been jailed merely for throwing a candy wrapper on the street, Lucy is not only surprised by the severity of her punishment, but also astonished when Mooney (Gale Gordon) and Mary Jane (Mary Jane Croft) show up with an elaborate scheme to spring her out of jail. Ere the day draws to a close, Mooney and Mary Jane have joined Lucy behind bars--as "accessories"! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and Robert Goulet Singer Robert Goulet appears both as himself and as his exact double, truck driver Chuck Willis. When Mooney (Gale Gordon) turns Chuck down for a loan, Lucy (Lucille Ball) takes pity on the guy and enters him in a Robert Goulet lookalike contest, for a $5000 prizes. Unfortunately, Chuck loses the contest--but then, so does the real Goulet! Somewhere along the line, Robert Goulet sings his own composition, "Why Be Ashamed?" ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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    Lucy Show

    Jan 26, 2010

    Includes:The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets a Roommate (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and John Wayne (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy and George Burns (1966) The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Fight Manager (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets the Berles (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy and Robert Goulet (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Starmaker (1967) The Lucy Show: Main Street U.S.A. (1967) The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets a Roommate Carol Burnett makes her first Lucy Show appearance as Carol Bradford, a meek, frumpy librarian who has become the new roommate of Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball). Hoping to get the timid Carol out of her shell, Lucy and Mary Jane (Mary Jane Croft) throw a party for the girl, replete with such guests as The Vagabonds, a musical group (and yes, that's an unbilled Joe Pesci as one of the performers!) Unwittingly, Carol drinks a wee bit too much at the party, and as a result sheds her inhibitions (and some of her clothes!) with a boisterous performance of "Hard-Hearted Hannah." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and John Wayne John Wayne, who'd made two unforgettable guest appearances on I Love Lucy, is back in the saddle for this hilarious Lucy Show installment. Much against his better judgment, Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) assigns the starstruck Lucy (Lucille Ball) to deliver some important financial papers to Wayne's movie set. Despite strict orders that she is not to pester "The Duke", Lucy not only manages to splatter ketchup all over the nonplussed Mr. Wayne, but also makes a shambles of an important action scene in Wayne's latest movie. Milton Berle also shows up in a cameo appearance. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and George Burns Season Five of The Lucy Show begins, typically enough, with a guest star--in this instance the ageless George Burns. While doing business with banker Mooney (Gale Gordon), Burns confides that he is working up a new nightclub act: All he needs is a "kooky" female partner. Enter Mooney's secretary Lucy (Lucille Ball), who proceeds to amaze Burns with a convoluted explanation of her unique filing system. Duly impressed, Burns invites Lucy to join him on stage--and what follows is not only a fond recreation of the old "Burns and Allen" days (with Lucy, of course, as Gracie), but also a song-and-dance duet to the tune of the old Sophie Tucker standard "Some of These Days." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account No synopsis available. The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Fight Manager Don Rickles guests in this episode as Eddie Rickles (what a stretch!), a former boxer who wants to buy a flower shop. When Mooney (Gale Gordon) denies Eddie the necessary $3000 loan, Lucy (Lucille Ball) takes matters into her own hands by arranging a comeback for the punchy pugilist in a bout with the much-younger Sonny Shaw (Bruce Mars). Her efforts to bolster Eddie's confidence succeed all too well--especially when, after getting her hands on the three grand by other means, Lucy must convince Eddie that he's all washed up! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets the Berles In this first episode of The Lucy Show's sixth and final season, Lucy (Lucille Ball) has briefly parted company with boss Mooney (Gale Gordon) to work part-time as a secretary for comedian Milton Berle). At the same time, Berle is attempting to change his image and become a dramatic actor, and to this ends rehearses a passionate movie love scene with actress Ruta Lee). Overhearing this rehearsal, Lucy jumps to the wrong conclusion--and spends the rest of the episode trying to save the marriage between Uncle Miltie and his wife Ruth Cosgrove Berle. The closing "salad" gag is priceless--and so funny that a giggling Ruta Lee is unable to deliver her lines, forcing Lucy to briefly take over both parts! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy and Robert Goulet Singer Robert Goulet appears both as himself and as his exact double, truck driver Chuck Willis. When Mooney (Gale Gordon) turns Chuck down for a loan, Lucy (Lucille Ball) takes pity on the guy and enters him in a Robert Goulet lookalike contest, for a $5000 prizes. Unfortunately, Chuck loses the contest--but then, so does the real Goulet! Somewhere along the line, Robert Goulet sings his own composition, "Why Be Ashamed?" ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard Former movie villain turned Hollywood producer Sheldon Leonard arranges to film a scene for his latest TV pilot at Mr. Mooney's bank. Unaware of this, Lucy (Lucille Ball) jumps to the wrong conclusion when she hears Leonard, "in character" as a gangster, planning a major bank heist. Thus it is that Lucy and Mary Jane (Mary Jane Croft) disguise themselves as scrubwomen to foil the sinister schemes of the "crooked" Mr. Leonard. This final episode of The Lucy Show's fifth season closes with a marvelously Pirandellian moment, as Sheldon Leonard contemplates creating a new series built around the antics of a zany redhead! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Lucy, the Starmaker Singer Frankie Avalon guests in this episode as Thomas Cheever, the nephew of Mooney's boss Mr. Cheever (Roy Roberts). Although the elder Cheever wants Thomas to give up his dreams of a showbiz career and go into the banking business, Lucy (Lucille Ball) becomes convinced that the boy has star potential--and to prove it, she arranges an "accidental" meeting between Thomas and talent scout Mr. Penrose (Lew Parker). Frankie Avalon sings "Walking Happy" and a spoof of "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover", then shows off his skill as a trumpeter in the ensemble number "When the Feeling Hits You." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Lucy Show: Main Street U.S.A. In the first episode of a two-part story, Lucy (Lucille Ball) turns activist to save the small town of Bancroft, which is slated to be demolished to make room for a new freeway. With sign in hand and slogans in her mouth, Lucy leads the citizens in a protest, blissfully unaware (at first) that her own boss Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) is funding the freeway project. Another of the protesters is Lucy's songwriter friend Mel Tinker (Mel Torme), who pens the stirring ballad "My Home Town" and joins Lucy and legendary song-and-dance man John Bubbles in a performance of the title tune "Main Street USA." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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