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[TV] Lucy Calls the President
 (From JustPressPlay. 17 April 2010, 10:00 AM, PDT)

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 (From The Hollywood Interview. 16 April 2010, 1:41 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)

Lucille Ball ... Lucy Whittaker

Vivian Vance ... Viv

Gale Gordon ... Omar Whittaker

Mary Wickes ... Millie Baker
Mary Jane Croft ... Midge Bowser
James Brodhead ... Mayor Wally Bowser (as James E. Broadhead)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Allen ... Himself
Lillian Carter ... Herself (President Jimmy Carter's Mother)
Joey Forman ... Agent Thatcher

Ed McMahon ... Floyd Whittaker
Stack Pierce

John William Young ... TV Director (as John Young)

Directed by
Marc Daniels 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bob Carroll Jr. 
Madelyn Davis 

Produced by
Lucille Ball .... executive producer
Bob Carroll Jr. .... co-producer
Madelyn Davis .... co-producer
Gary Morton .... producer
Original Music by
Morton Stevens  (as Mort Stevens)
Production Design by
Don Roberts 
Art Direction by
Hub Braden (art direction)
Makeup Department
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist
Art Department
Jerry Esposito Jr. .... construction coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lola Bullion Chambers .... set costumer
Other crew
Keith McNulty .... cue cards

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60 min
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After the expansive living room stage set had been built on the Warner Brothers Studio stage, the entire cast's first script read was conducted on the stage's multi-camera lane aisle, in front of the studio audience bleachers. Two eight foot long tables were set on the front stage area with low director chairs for the cast members. At each end of the 16 foot long conference script table, a wooden high-director's canvas folding chair was positioned at each opposite head end of the table. Lucille Ball positioned herself in the camera right director-high chair while husband/producer Gary Morton seated himself in the camera left director-high chair. Lucy's subtle way telling everyone who was the boss. The director Marc Daniels, producers/writers Bob Carrol Jr. and Madelyn Davis joined the cast seated at the table. During breaks in the script read-through, the cast took time for a stretch, a cup of coffee and sweets from the craft service table set up on the stage. Art director Hub Braden would join the cast on stage, descending from his bleacher observation seat location. While the cast was scattered over the stage, Braden sat down in Lucy's director-high chair. Vivian Vance delicately came over to Hub, tapping him on his arm, whispering "you are sitting in the Queen's chair! No one sits in that chair except Lucy." Hub stepped off Lucy's director-high chair, joining Vivian for a cup of coffee! Vivian explained only the queen and king, Lucy and Gary Morton, were allowed the director-high chairs on the set. The director Marc Daniels had a director-low chair. The rest of the cast had to use the low director's chairs provided by the prop master. Lucy's temper would unleash if she observed anyone sitting in her chair. During the course of video-taping the comedy special, Lucy would halt the taping if she didn't like the fluid flow of the scene. Confronting Marc Daniels, the director, on stage, where he would join the cast from his off stage video remote control booth, Lucy would demand an action change, or a script dialogue alteration. In the middle of the video taping of the special, Lucy's action was to rise from her chair, step into a prop birthday cake on the floor in front of the chair. Lucy did not like the staging of the scene. An argument ensued when Lucy screamed at the director and the entire cast, stomping off the stage. The cast literally disappeared while Lucy and Marc Daniels argued over the scene in the middle of the stage set. Behind the living room set at the craft service table, Braden asked Vivian Vance "does Lucy blow up like this often?" Vivian replied, "we put up with Lucy and her temperament, knowing we will all kiss and make up after she blows her top! We have experienced Lucy's behavior for years. It is all part of the job!" Thirty minutes later, the audience still seated in their bleacher seats, the scene was successfully staged, video taped! Vivian Vance related "cast mates only talked to Lucy when they worked together. Lucy only called them when she needed them for a television special."See more »


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Believe it or not, I recall this program, 16 June 2001
Author: richard.fuller1

Thankfully, I don't recall them as looking incredibly old, but they must have been. I also don't recall alot of applauding. The only reason I do remember it is because Sis pointed out that Mary Wickes from . . . was in it and she had never worked regularly with Ball. The only jokes I can recall, if you could call them jokes, was something about a tray of hors devoures and the couch collapsing when too many people sat on it. The running joke was for some reason Lucy would be getting a phone call from then President Jimmy Carter. In the end, she did get a phone call, but not from Jimmy.

She got a phone call from Miss LIllian Carter, Jimmy's mother. And the woman herself actually appeared, but in an obviously prerecorded scene that looked like Miss Lillian was in Georgia. Miss Lillian wasn't a natural actress, either by the way. Not the funniest piece in the world, but by this time Lucy had become very set in her ways, but a good nostalgic bit. If anyone should ever see it, expect an overload of Lucy and the seventies, like Nick at Nite.

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