A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.
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 Lucy Ricardo (181 episodes, 1951-1957)
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 Ricky Ricardo (181 episodes, 1951-1957)
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 Ethel Mertz (180 episodes, 1951-1957)
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 Fred Mertz (180 episodes, 1951-1957)
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Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz. The first major show to be put on film rather than kinescope. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

William Frawley was known to cover his ears backstage (or wear ear muffs or miniature ear plugs any time they were in the same scene together, on screen), whenever Vivian Vance sang a song, such as the time she sang "Shortnin' Bread" and Fred walked behind Ethel, carried five trees, (one at a time & each one got larger) as Lucy & Ricky were secretly and quietly were doing stunts behind Ethel, as she sang. This was event occurred while the four were on a trip west from New York to California and stopped for a day or two to rest in I Love Lucy: Ethel's Hometown (1955). It was well known that he deeply despised Vivian Vance's voice, especially when she sang a song. See more »

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The game show host seen multiple times is alternately referred to as Freddy Fillmore and Freddie Fillmore. See more »

Quotes

Ricky Ricardo: [in a heavy Spanish accent] You two are too nosy!
Lucy Ricardo: We are not nuzzy!
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Crazy Credits

In the series' finale: I Love Lucy: The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue (1957), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" music is played, as the episode goes to & comes from a commercial break. See more »

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Referenced in Mozart and the Whale (2005) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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I remember the show that was on before it
26 October 2003 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

When I was a child of 9 I remember my parents watching the Horace Heidt musical show on Mondays at 9PM. When the show was cancelled the new I Love Lucy started in the fall of 1951. It was very funny and was the talk of everyone. Now over 50 years later I am still watching it in the repeats. Sadly, all the stars have passed on. The one thing that my wife and I notice now that we did not notice before was how cheap Fred and Ethel were. They were really "moochers". They could have donated something to the cost of trips, remodeling etc. One bizzare note is that Horace Heidt and Desi Arnaz both died on the same day.


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