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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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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There were 5 boys that had the role of "Little Ricky Ricardo". In order, they were [1/6] Jerry Hausner [he was just on off-screen crying voice once] in I Love Lucy: No Children Allowed (1953) & it was also the debut of Elizabeth Patterson, as baby sitter, "Mrs. Trumbull". (Patterson was earlier in as a city official, in I Love Lucy: The Marriage License (1952)). [2/6 & 3/6]: Simmons twin brothers, Richard Lee Simmons and Ronald Lee Simmons, were in only 5 times, all in season two. [4/6 & 5/6]: Mayer twin brothers, Joseph A. Mayer and Michael Mayer were in seasons three, four and five. They were "Little Ricky" 31 times, in the 3 seasons, 16 times in season three, 8 times in season four & 7 times in season five. [6/6]: Richard Keith. He was "Little Ricky" in 24 of season six's 27 episodes. The three without him, are I Love Lucy: Visitor from Italy (1956), I Love Lucy: Lucy and the Loving Cup (1957) plus I Love Lucy: Lucy Wants to Move to the Country (1957). Little Ricky's name is listed 64 times in seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. 12 times Little Ricky Ricardo is uncredited. Three times in season 2. Once in season 3. Five times in season 4. Twice in season 5 & Once in season 6. 3 + 1 + 5 + 2 + 1 = 12.In the "Christmas Show," Kevin Thibodeaux is credited as "Little Ricky." See more »

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The Ricardos are said to live in an apartment at 623 East 68th Street, which in real life would be located in the East River. This is not actually a 'goof' because it was done deliberately to avoid legal issues with an actual address. See more »

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Ethel Mertz: Where you afraid you'd lose me?
Fred Mertz: I'll say, that outfit you're wearing is rented.
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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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Fifty years later and still one of the best
27 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

First of all, just about every aspect of this show's premise was implausible: that Lucy and Ricky would even be married to each other and that they would be best friends with the much older Mertzes. (Although William Frawley was 64 when the show started, Vivian Vance was 42, close to Lucille Ball's age, but Ethel was supposed to be much older). Anyway, the show worked in spite of, or maybe even because of this.

Almost every episode was good, except for some weak ones during the first season. And even though the show is over 50 years old, it doesn't seem dated like other old shows. It's still fresh and entertaining, even after repeated viewings.

There are many well-known stories that have to do with Lucille Ball's vanity. She didn't want Ethel to wear nice clothes, so as not to overshadow Lucy. Vivian Vance's wardrobe was purchased off-the-rack in department stores, and Lucille Ball's was designed especially for her. And then there's the rumor that Vivian Vance was contractually obligated to be at least 25 pounds heavier than Lucille Ball. When Vivian Vance returned from summer hiatus one season having lost weight, Lucille Ball said, "You're looking a little too good there, Viv, we're going to have to fatten you up real quick."

Not enough credit goes to the underrated Desi Arnaz. He was a brilliant, talented, and very, very funny man, but not in the same exaggerated over-the-top style of Lucille Ball. His facial expressions are priceless, especially when his eyes literally pop out of his head. It's too bad that he was overshadowed by his more famous wife. Even his daughter, Lucie Arnaz has been known to say that "my mother gets all the credit, but my father was the brains behind the show."


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