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Director:
Writers:
Clinton Twiss (novel)
Albert Hackett (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 February 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
America's No. 1 Favorites Funnier than Ever on the Screen! See more »
Plot:
Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Minnelli successfully tackles a thankless job and Lucy increases her comedic acting range See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lucille Ball ... Tacy Bolton - Collini

Desi Arnaz ... Nicholas 'Nicky' Collini

Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Hittaway

Keenan Wynn ... Policeman
Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Bolton
Moroni Olsen ... Mr. Tewitt

Bert Freed ... Foreman
Madge Blake ... Aunt Anastacia
Walter Baldwin ... Uncle Edgar

Oliver Blake ... Mr. Ludlow
Perry Sheehan ... Bridesmaid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Chef at Trailer Show (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Bald Shopper in Bungalette Trailer (uncredited)
Jimmy Ames ... Truck Helper (uncredited)
Robert Anderson ... Carl Barrett (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Trailer Show Attendee (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Mother (uncredited)
Dallas Boyd ... Minister (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Police Officer (uncredited)
John Call ... Shorty (uncredited)
Geraldine Carr ... Tacy's Girlfriend (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Trailer Show Attendee (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Trailer Show Attendee (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Trailer Park Manager (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Trailer Show Attendee (uncredited)
Juney Ellis ... Waitress (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Trailer Show Attendee (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Father (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Charles Herbert ... Little Boy (uncredited)
George Hoagland ... Wdding Guest (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Flagstone Station Attendant (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... Japanese Gardner (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Driver (uncredited)
Alan Lee ... Mr. Elliott (uncredited)
Rudy Lee ... Barrett's Son (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Mrs. Tewitt (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Garage Manager (uncredited)
John Logan ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Karl Lukas ... Inspector (uncredited)

Howard McNear ... Joe Hittaway (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Car Salesman (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Japanese Gardner (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ellanora Needles ... Tacy's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Aunt Ellen (uncredited)
Louis Nicoletti ... 2nd Inspector (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Wdding Guest (uncredited)
Christopher Olsen ... Tommy (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Phil Rich ... Mr. Dudley (uncredited)
Dennis Ross ... Jody (uncredited)
Janet Sackett ... Kay (uncredited)
Judy Sackett ... Dotty (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Trailer Park Attendee (uncredited)
Edna Skinner ... Maude Barrett (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Trailer Park Attendee (uncredited)
Connie Van ... Grace (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Trailer Salesman (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Mr. Bolton (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Mrs. Dudley (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Garage Owner (uncredited)
Howard Wright ... Uncle Bill (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Clinton Twiss (novel)

Albert Hackett (screenplay) &
Frances Goodrich (screenplay)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees 
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Jerry Thorpe .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Michael Steinore .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Gus Bivona .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min | 96 min (TCM print)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Anscocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #16632) | West Germany:6 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The trailer, a 1953 New Moon, used in the film is 32 feet in length and weighed more than 3 tons total.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the couple stop on top of the mountain, the trailer tips to the left. When Nicky hops in the trailer, it is sitting perfect without Nicky struggling to get in.See more »
Quotes:
Nicholas Collini:[narrating] It was a matter of what would give out first: me or the money.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Breezin' Along With the BreezeSee more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Minnelli successfully tackles a thankless job and Lucy increases her comedic acting range, 1 January 2005
Author: ericolsen1953 from United States

Back in the good IL' days, when couples didn't regularly jump into bed before marriage, newlyweds Tracy (Lucille Ball) and Nicky (Desi Arnaz) Collini are anticipating their first night of youthful, athletic lovemaking in their beautiful new home (a housetrailer). The audience anticipates the sexiness of their first night of intimacy, since they're, like, REALLY in love (both Lucy & Desi were great actors, their real-life marriage was going none too good at the time). Telling a white lie while trying to avoid entertaining their overly-helpful new neighbors, played marvelously by Alpha-Female Marjorie Main and fussy, folksy Howard McNear (later of Floyd the Barber fame on Andy Griffith), Tracy makes matters much worse. When poor Nicky nearly gets rid of the hoard of locusts that descended upon his wedding night, he finds his blushing bride is unconscious for the next several hours, thanks to a helpful dosage of sleeping pills...it's pitiful and hilarious. Regardless of what some people say, this movie is definitely not "an extended episode of I Love Lucy." Minnelli is much more gifted and inventive a director to earn that sort of put-down. He and Lucy work together stupendously to work in some fresh, sophisticated gags that would've been too much for a half-hour TV show. Lucille Ball proves that she can make you grin wide and even laugh furiously without resorting to the schemes and slap-stick devices she'd already perfected on the small screen...true, she does try to prepare a 4-course meal in the trailer while Nicky drives over rough, winding roads at 60 miles per hour, with hilarious results of the face-covered-in-salad-oil-and-flour variety. But, in TLLT, Lucy portrays a more aware, decisive and assertive character than the Mrs. Ricardo we know so well. While her edgy hubby is always fretting about what could go wrong in towing his monstrous trailer, Lucy takes the wheel 3 days into their cross-country trek and steers both car and mobile home with casual assurance and skill. Desi also extended his acting skill by jettisoning Ricky's male-dominator role in favor of almost Clousseauesque persona; he's unsure of his financial future, his auto-piloting skills, his ability to make a happy marriage and provides us with some wonderful sight-gags along the way. Nicky's shower-scene was the greatest one in movie history until Psycho came along...us men think it's funny becuz we know the infuriating apparatus is just about to conk him in the gonads, while women have enjoyed the thought that one of their favorite male celebs was doing it buck-naked. This is truly one of the best traveling comedies of all time, right up there with "Planes Trains & Automobiles". Minnelli and Keenan Wynn collaborate to give us one absolutely side-splitting scene, with Keenan playing a silent, sarcastic traffic-cop...worthy of Chaplin's praise. The story is told in flashback and near the end we recognize that the couple is going to divorce after Tracy's awful subterfuge - after all, her Nicky is an engineer and she tries to violate several of Newton's Laws of Gravity & Thermodynamics, bringing on wreck, ruin and economic disaster. There's just no hope for this marriage. Too bad, sniff, sniff. You guess the ending.

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