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"I Love Lucy" Lucy's Italian Movie (1956)

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Jess Oppenheimer (written by) &
Madelyn Davis (written by) ...
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Original Air Date:
16 April 1956 (Season 5, Episode 23)
In Rome, a film producer asks Lucy if she'd be interested in auditioning for his new film entitled "Bitter... See more » | Add synopsis »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
James V. Kern 
Writing credits
Jess Oppenheimer (written by) &
Madelyn Davis (written by) (as Madelyn Pugh) &
Bob Carroll Jr. (written by) &
Bob Schiller (written by) &
Bob Weiskopf (written by)

Produced by
Desi Arnaz .... executive producer
Jess Oppenheimer .... producer
Original Music by
Eliot Daniel 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
Film Editing by
Bud Molin 
Casting by
Kerwin Coughlin 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
Makeup Department
Hal King .... makeup artist
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist
Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director
Edward M. Hillie .... assistant director (as Ed Hillie)
Art Department
Dick Henrikson .... property master
Ted Offenbecker .... set dresser (as Theodore Offenbacker)
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Cam McCulloch .... sound recordist
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Maury Thompson .... camera coordinator
Editorial Department
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Wilbur Hatch .... musical director
E.C. Norton .... music editor
Tony Terran .... musician: trumpet player

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Jim Bullock .... sound editor
John Speak .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Louie Anderson .... camera operator
Emily Daniels .... camera coordinator
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator
Music Department
Ralph Carmichael .... composer: incidental music
Other crew
Bob Gilbreath .... helicopter pilot
Hal Hudson .... network supervisor
Frank Inn .... animal trainer
Maury Thompson .... script supervisor
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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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Movie Connections:
References Stage Door (1937)See more »
Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)See more »


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