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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Lang
William Converse-Roberts ...
Susan Batson ...
Mr. Berman
Mrs. Nelson
Imogene Bliss ...
Michael Champagne ...
Supermarket Manager
Gloria Cromwell ...
Bus Terminal Matron
Young Thug
Matthew Locricchio ...
Pat McNamara ...
Josephine Nichols ...
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In an effort to understand the plight of homeless women living on the streets, young social worker, Carrie Lange (Daphne Zuniga) attempts befriending a homeless woman named Florabelle ('Lucille Ball'). Florabelle believes Carrie is runaway and tells her to go to the homeless shelter for help. Carrie stops another woman from stealing Florabelle's cart and gains her dubious trust. So begins Carrie's education in survival on the streets of Manhattan. Florabelle begins to teach Carrie street survival skills such as when threatened act crazy-the crazier the better, drinking vinegar to toughen the feet and innards, which garbage cans are good to go through for food, and where to find places to sleep and for warmth. This movie makes an effort to investigate the plight of the homeless and what avenues can be taken to help them to help themselves. Written by

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5 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Ein Bett aus Asphalt  »

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For this movie which is set in the winter, Lucille Ball had to wear several layers of heavy clothes and as a result had to be hospitalized for dehydration. At this time her doctors also informed her that she was allergic to cigarettes, which she had been smoking for 56 years. See more »


A grocery bag from "Publix" is clearly visible in Florabelle's cart. There is not now, nor has there ever been a Publix store in or around New York. See more »


Florabelle: Sometimes I see someone... But ahhh who would remember me.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: No Loan Again, Naturally (2009) See more »

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In my opinion, some of the best acting that Lucy has ever done.
7 February 2001 | by (Nashville, Tn.) – See all my reviews

If you watch the "I Love Lucy" episodes and think she was funny, she is just as serious an actress as she was a comic. This is one of the most heart-touching movies I have ever seen and one of the few that has made me cry, that's saying more than I care to admit but it's true. If you ever get a chance to see this film please, don't pass up the opportunity!!

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