I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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The Marriage License 

When Lucy finds a misspelling on her marriage license, she believes her marriage to Ricky isn't legal.



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When Lucy finds a misspelling on her marriage license, she believes her marriage to Ricky isn't legal.

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Comedy | Family




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7 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Irving Bacon, who plays Mr. Willoughby, later acted the role of Mr. Potter, Ethel Mertz's (Vivian Vance) father, in I Love Lucy: Ethel's Hometown (1955). See more »


Ricky Ricardo: [finally admitting the joke he played on Lucy when she thought their marriage license might be invalid] Let me explain the whole thing to you, will you please? The whole thing is a gag, honey. Now, I'll tell you what happened. Look, heh, heh, heh, you know, Fred Mertz had a friend, he had a friend down at the license bureau, see, so I asked him to tell his friend to tell you when you got down there that the license was no good, and that we were not married at all, heh, heh, that's what I told ...
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Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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Marry Me - Again!
8 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Lucy cleans out her desk drawers she rereads her marriage license and sees Ricky's last name is mistakenly listed as Baccardi. She becomes neurotic about the possibility that they are not legally married and rushes down to the marriage bureau to find out. Ricky learns Fred's friend works there and as a gag he has him tell Lucy that the marriage is not legal. Lucy takes this much worse than Ricky expected and the only thing that can bring her around is going through the whole proposal and marriage once again as before.

This is a cute episode most notable for the first appearance on the series by the great character actress Elizabeth Patterson although not in the character of Mrs. Trumball that she would play on ten episodes from 1953 to 1956. Here Ms. Patterson is the wife Irving Bacon (best known as the mailman from the Blondie movies), the all-around public servant of the small town, who runs the local motel, gas station, and holds several public offices. Bacon calls his wife "Mother", ironic given Elizabeth was a full eighteen years his senior in real life! Vivian Vance's part is this episode is quite small. Lucille Ball looks quite lovely here, wearing her hair in the style of some of her later forties movies such as "Sorrowful Jones".

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