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[TV] Lucy Calls the President
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Cast

  (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)

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Marc Daniels 
 
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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
 
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Jerry Esposito Jr. .... construction coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lola Bullion Chambers .... set costumer
 
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Keith McNulty .... cue cards
 

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Mary Jane Croft's final performance.See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Last of the Lucy We Knew and Loved, 20 May 2004
Author: koconnor-1 from Attleboro, MA

This intriguing (but probably forgettable to most) farce was most likely an attempt to launch an all-new Lucy series, with most of the original cast members (sans-Desi Sr.). The humor was quite good for those that remember and loved the original Lucy shows. And it was a delight to see these lovable oddballs together again, but it still seemed like there was something missing. The humor and pratfalls and gadgetry gags were done with a bit less energy... clear indicators that our favorite redhead and her pals were beginning to look and feel their age.

I don't remember the premise for WHY President Carter and family were going to visit Lucy's home, but I do remember that - after a number of hilarious calamities in the home, capped by the loss of Lucy's front tooth and the "thubthequent thlurring of her thpeech patternth", it turned out that the President had to cancel. (Did anyone REALLY expect the Chief Executive to actually visit a sitcom pilot?)

Still, all was not lost when Miss Lillian did place a call to Lucy (and comments on Lucy's speech impediment, "And they say WE talk funny...")

Unfortunately, Lucy's future in television sitcommery only went further down when she tried to again revive her old glory with "Life with Lucy". Now, I was not so much laughing at her antics, as I was concerned that she would need a hip replacement if she fell. It was sort of like watching Roger Moore attempt to run across train tops and climb the Golden Gate Bridge as James Bond, when he was already pushing his mid-fifties...

By the time she had reached this point in her life, I found her to be much more effective as a dramatic actress ("Stone Pillow"), or grand-dame host of special events like the Emmys, with David Letterman.

Her passing was especially poignant for me as it was on the day before I first visited the newly-opened Disney MGM Studios in Orlando. The flags were at half staff, and the "Superstar Television" attraction held a moment of silence in tribute to her.

After more than half-a-century, we STILL love Lucy.

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