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Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991)

This made for TV movie tells the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It begins in the 1930's when they met as actors under contract at RKO and ends with their divorce in 1960. In between ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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Doc Bender
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This made for TV movie tells the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It begins in the 1930's when they met as actors under contract at RKO and ends with their divorce in 1960. In between we see how their careers developed, their often rocky marriage, and how they came to develop the groundbreaking and iconic "I Love Lucy" show. Written by hlahorner

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Could they learn to love each other as much as the world loved them? See more »


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10 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Lucy & Desi - Blick hinter die Kulissen  »

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Lucie Arnaz was very much outraged by the portrayal of her parents in this movie believing that the makers of it didn't really go into explaining the reasons behind the couple's tumultuous marriage. This prompted Arnaz and her husband, 'Laurince Luckinbill', to create the Emmy Award-winning, Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993), in 1993 which gave a lot of insight into the Ball-Arnaz marriage. See more »

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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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I'm Afraid That I Love You
by Paul Loomis & Stan Radliff
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Bad case of miscasting.
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The lady who plays Lucille Ball did a fine job; the gentleman who plays Desi Arnaz, well ... that's another story. His accent is so grating and so phony that it was laughable. Yet I must ask myself: Why am I even bothering to comment about this movie? What is it about this movie that caught my interest? The answer is this: "I Love Lucy." TV sitcoms come and go and are quickly forgotten. Yet this show, with it s improbable cast of characters, lingers on in the collective memory of American TV memorabilia. A "B" movie actress and her band leader husband become American TV icons. I watched this movie to find out how could this happen. How could these two individuals attain such a high status? There seemed to be absolutely nothing about them that suggested that they would become the most popular and famous TV couple in history. According to the movie, Lucille was vain, insecure, temperamental and at times hysterical while Desi is portrayed as being a shallow, cheating philanderer who is totally dependent on Lucille for financial support. Yet this improbable couple made entertainment history.

When will there be a movie about Vivian Vance and William Frawley?


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