I Love Lucy: Season 5, Episode 23

Lucy's Italian Movie (16 Apr. 1956)

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In Rome, a film producer asks Lucy if she'd be interested in auditioning for his new film entitled "Bitter Grapes." Thinking that the film has something to do with the production of wine, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Franco Corsaro ...
Vittorio Philippi
Saverio LoMedico ...
Bellboy (as Saverio Lo Medico)
Teresa Tirelli ...
Ernesto Molinari ...
Vineyard Boss
Rosa Barbato ...
Grape Picker


In Rome, a film producer asks Lucy if she'd be interested in auditioning for his new film entitled "Bitter Grapes." Thinking that the film has something to do with the production of wine, she goes to the only non-automated winery left in the area. Written by Attmay

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When Lucy is approached by the Italian director on the train, Lucy begins to act dramatically, trying to impress the man. Lucy grabs her hair, messes it up (much like Italian actresses of the time) and recites the line: "The calla lilies are in bloom again." This is a quote from the classic Stage Door (1937), in which Lucille Ball had a prominent supporting role but always called her "big break". The film starred Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers and included Ann Miller and Eve Arden in supporting roles. The line "The calla lilies ... " was Hepburn's character's first line in the play within the film, and is repeated numerous times throughout the story, most notably when Hepburn's character has opening night jitters and is convinced that she will forget it. In the documentary Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987), Lucy speaks glowingly about Katharine Hepburn, and it is probable that Lucy made a suggestion to the writers to include that line as an homage to her. See more »


Ricky tells Lucy that they're in Rome for 10 days. Lucy tells Ethel they've been in Italy for a week. However, before the trip began it was only for 3 weeks of one-night stands. See more »


[inside an Italian train with a cramped seat Fred's asleep]
Ethel Mertz: Fred, Fred, wake up sleeping beauty.
Lucy Ricardo: You couldn't wake him up with a stick of dynamite.
Ethel Mertz: Hey I got an idea
Ethel Mertz: Hey look there goes Gina Lollobrigida.
Fred Mertz: [gets up from his seat excited] Where? Where? Where?
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References Stage Door (1937) 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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