My Favorite Movies of 1953

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1.
Vicki (1953)
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The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm. (85 mins.)
Director: Harry Horner
 
2.
East of Sumatra (1953)
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Tough Duke Mullane tries to open a new mine in the jungle, but the natives turn hostile...except for one lissome dancer. (82 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
3.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
 
4.
The Desert Rats (1953)
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Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
5.
Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)
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Prior to leaving by train for Paris, a married American woman tries to break off her affair with a young Italian in Rome's Stazione Termini. (90 mins.)
 
6.
Beat the Devil (1953)
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On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen... (89 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
7.
Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
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An innocent cowboy convicted with three robbers, travels with them to get a share of their hidden loot. (73 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
8.
Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953)
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The wartime adventures of Scotish highland leader Rob Roy MacGregor during the reign of King George I in the 18th century. (81 mins.)
Director: Harold French
 
9.
Fair Wind to Java (1953)
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In 1883, an American merchant ship's captain is searching for a treasure in diamonds from a sunken Dutch ship in the vicinity of a volcanic island in the Dutch East Indies. (92 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kane
 
10.
War Arrow (1953)
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Major Howell Brady arrives in Indian Territory in hopes of recruiting peaceful, relocated Seminoles to help the army fight rampaging Kiowas. (78 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
 
11.
Shane (1953)
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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
12.
The Long, Long Trailer (1953)
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Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of... (96 mins.)
 
13.
House of Wax (1953)
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
14.
The Wild One (1953)
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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail. (79 mins.)
Director: Laslo Benedek
 
15.
Titanic (1953)
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An unhappy married couple deal with their problems on board the ill-fated ship. (98 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
16.
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
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King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
17.
King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)
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A half-caste British officer in 19th-century India battles the prejudices of both his Army colleagues and the local populace while trying to help put down a rebellion led by a greedy local ruler. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
18.
Desert Legion (1953)
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Paul Lartal of the Foreign Legion meets the princess of a lost city in the Algerian mountains. (86 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
19.
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
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During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Indians and the pursuing Union troops. (99 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
20.
Law and Order (1953)
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Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done... (80 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
21.
Tumbleweed (1953)
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Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey... (79 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
22.
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
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Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds... (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
23.
The Man from Cairo (1953)
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"The Man from Cairo", a Michaeldavid production for distribution by Lippert, with Ray Enright the only credited director on the film print... (81 mins.)
 
24.
Siren of Bagdad (1953)
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In ancient Bagdad, a magician uses his powers and his magic box to save slave girls. (73 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
25.
Hondo (1953)
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector. (83 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
26.
Flight to Tangier (1953)
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At the Tangier airport, a group of people await the arrival of a mysterious plane from behind the Iron Curtain... (90 mins.)
 
27.
Pony Express (1953)
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Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock work to establish the Pony Express and fight Indians and California Separatists who seek to destroy it. (101 mins.)
Director: Jerry Hopper
 
28.
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
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In the South Pacific islands, two brothers, one good and one bad, fight over the same girl and over a bag of pearls. (95 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
29.
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
30.
Back to God's Country (1953)
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In north-western Canada,in the 1870s,American schooner captain Peter Keith hopes to return to America with a cargo of furs before winter but two local crooks plan to steal Keith's cargo,boat and wife. (78 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
31.
Gun Fury (1953)
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In Arizona, Frank Slayton's gang robs a stagecoach and kidnaps Ben Warren's fiancée, prompting Warren to pursue Slayton. (83 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
32.
Fort Vengeance (1953)
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Two American brothers chased by a posse cross into Canada and join the Canadian North-West Mounted Police at the height of the Sioux-American war. (75 mins.)
Director: Lesley Selander
 
33.
Take the High Ground! (1953)
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Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss... (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
34.
Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
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In Post-Bellum Texas, an army captain tries to keep the peace between overtaxed, impoverished farmers and greedy carpetbaggers. (82 mins.)
Director: André De Toth
 
35.
Off Limits (1952)
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Wally Hogan has things going his way. He is the manager-trainer of Bullet Bradley, a fighter who has just won the lightweight championship... (89 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
36.
Appointment in Honduras (1953)
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A wealthy American couple are hostages on an arduous jungle journey. (79 mins.)
 
37.
The Big Heat (1953)
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
38.
Slaves of Babylon (1953)
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The Jews are taken from Jerusalem and made slaves by King Nebuchadnezzar. In the meantime Cyrus, king of the Persians... (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
39.
99 River Street (1953)
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A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with. (83 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
40.
Mogambo (1953)
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On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda. (116 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
41.
The Robe (1953)
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In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards. (135 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
42.
Sins of Jezebel (1953)
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The aging Ahab, king of Israel, comes under the influence of a young and beautiful but scheming pagan woman named Jezebel and... (74 mins.)
 
43.
Island in the Sky (1953)
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue. (109 mins.)
 
44.
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
45.
Plunder of the Sun (1953)
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American adventurer gets involved in archaeological artifact smuggling and treasure hunting in Mexico. (81 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
46.
The Golden Blade (1953)
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Basra merchant Harun Al-Rashid avenges his father's murder in this adventure set in ancient Bagdad and inspired from the Arabic fairy tales of One Thousand and One Nights. (81 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
47.
The Man from the Alamo (1953)
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During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help... (79 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
48.
The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
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Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune. (90 mins.)
 
49.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
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In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love. (118 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
50.
Arrowhead (1953)
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Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches. (105 mins.)
 
51.
The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)
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A former spy moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but when he gets there decides that it's not for him and tries to change his life. (83 mins.)
Director: Andre De Toth
 
52.
Sailor of the King (1953)
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In 1940, Canadian sailor Andrew Brown is prisoner on a battle damaged German raider and he plans to delay the raider's at-sea repairs until a British naval task-force can destroy it. (83 mins.)
Director: Roy Boulting
 
53.
Flame of Calcutta (1953)
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Indian woman stands up for her people in 1750s India. (69 mins.)
 
54.
Fort Algiers (1953)
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In northwest Africa, a tribal leader tries to stir up a rebellion against the ruling powers. (78 mins.)
Director: Lesley Selander
 
55.
Return to Paradise (1953)
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An American drifter comes to a remote Polynesian island controlled by a Puritanical missionary and turns the social life of the island upside-down. (100 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
56.
The Last Posse (1953)
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When the anxiously awaited posse returns with neither prisoners nor the stolen money, we learn in flashback what happened... (73 mins.)
 
57.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
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Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
58.
Stalag 17 (1953)
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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
59.
White Witch Doctor (1953)
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In 1907, a nurse arrives in the Belgian Congo to work for a missionary doctor but meets a grumpy animal hunter who secretly plans to search for gold in the dangerous Bakuba tribal region. (96 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
60.
All I Desire (1953)
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In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted. (79 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
61.
The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)
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During the Civil War, Southern agitators and a crooked horse dealer endanger the peace between the Union and the Wyoming Sioux. (80 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
62.
Dream Wife (1953)
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Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple... (100 mins.)
Director: Sidney Sheldon
 
63.
Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)
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Ivory poachers, headed by Lyra the She-Devil, Vargo and Fidel, capture a native tribe to carry their loot... (75 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
64.
Powder River (1953)
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In 1875, ex-lawman Chino Bull becomes temporary town marshal when his gold prospecting partner is robbed and killed in Powder River country but Chino runs into the murderous Logan brothers. (78 mins.)
Director: Louis King
 
65.
The Moon Is Blue (1953)
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Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections. (99 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
66.
Julius Caesar (1953)
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony. (120 mins.)
 
67.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
68.
Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
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Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess... (88 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow
 
69.
Sea Devils (1953)
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Gilliat,a fisherman/smuggler is in jail, and is offered a pardon, if he undertakes a mission to sail to France to rescue Douchette, an English agent, whose cover has been blown,and who has now been jailed. Gilliat accepts the challenge. (91 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
70.
Thunder Bay (1953)
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Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig. (103 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
71.
Column South (1953)
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Before the Civil War, Lt. Jed Sayre's efforts to conciliate the cavalry and the Navajo are undermined by his racist C.O. and Confederate sympathizers. (82 mins.)
 
72.
The Naked Spur (1953)
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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
73.
The Man Behind the Gun (1953)
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An undercover government agent battles insurrectionists whose want Southern California to secede and become a slave state. (82 mins.)
Director: Felix Feist
 
74.
Niagara (1953)
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
75.
The Lawless Breed (1952)
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After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation. (83 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
76.
The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)
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Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients. (69 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
77.
I Confess (1953)
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A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional. (95 mins.)
 
78.
Destination Gobi (1953)
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In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
79.
Gunsmoke (1953)
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A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner. (79 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
80.
Prince of Pirates (1953)
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In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish... (80 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow
 
81.
Seminole (1953)
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A cavalry lieutenant on trial for murder recounts his efforts make peace with the Seminole Indian tribe, under an evil major. (87 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
82.
Battle Circus (1953)
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Set in Korea and made during the war, this is the love story of a hard-bitten Army surgeon, and a new nurse ready to save the world. (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
83.
Salome (1953)
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After her banishment from Rome, Jewish Princess Salome returns to her Roman-ruled native land of Galilee where prophet John the Baptist preaches against Salome's parents, King Herod and Queen Herodias. (103 mins.)
 
84.
I Love Lucy (1953)
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Desi Arnaz greets the "I Love Lucy" studio audience and invites them to watch Lucille Ball and the cast film a special extended episode. (80 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick