I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Hollywood at Last 

When the Ricardos and the Mertzes arrive in Hollywood, Lucy goes to the Brown Derby restaurant where her sighting of William Holden turns catastrophic.



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Episode cast overview:
William Holden
Harry Bartell ...
Bob Jellison ...
Bobby the Bellboy (as Bobby Jellison)
Dayton Lummis ...
Mr. Sherman
Danni Sue Nolan ...
Secretary (as Danni Nolan)
Allan Ray ...


When the Ricardos and the Mertzes arrive in Hollywood, Lucy goes to the Brown Derby restaurant where her sighting of William Holden turns catastrophic.

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Comedy | Family





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7 February 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictitious Beverly Palms Hotel that Ricky is seen pulling into is actually The Avalon Hotel-Beverly Hills. This is the only exterior shot of the hotel. See more »


After Lucy knocks the dessert tray onto William Holden, a cameraman can be seen in the right edge of the scene. See more »


Lucy Ricardo: [Lucy does not want to meet William Holden after an embarrassing incident at the Brown Derby] He never did appeal to me.
Ricky Ricardo: What are you talking about? The whole way here I heard nothing but "Bill Holden, Bill Holden."
Lucy Ricardo: Yeah, well... I'm fickle.
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Referenced in I Love Lucy: Lucy Meets Charles Boyer (1956) See more »


Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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Mack Sennett would be proud
18 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

William Holden who co-starred with Lucille Ball in Miss Grant Takes Richmond in 1949 got to be a guest star on I Love Lucy five years later as the Ricardos took that celebrated trip to Hollywood where several film stars appeared as themselves. The one common thread was every time Lucy met a film star, something hilarious happened.

In the case of William Holden, Lucy had to go to that celebrated Hollywood eatery The Brown Derby which sadly is no longer there. You would think that being married to an orchestra leader like Ricky Ricardo would give her some kind of immunization from bad behavior toward celebrities. But that was some of the charm. Improbable though it is Lucy behaved like any other star struck film fan and the TV audience loved it.

When she saw Holden just trying to have a meal there, she goes ballistic in the end resulting in Holden getting a pie dumped in his face by a traveling waiter. It was the highlight of the episode though it came in the middle of the story.

Later on when Desi Arnaz brings Holden to their hotel room, Lucy puts on a Groucho Marx type glasses and mustache disguise in a vain attempt to avoid another scene with the film star she caused such an embarrassment to.

As for Holden I'm sure he loved the comic respite from his roles on film. He took the pie like a true Mack Sennett comic.

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