I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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The Star Upstairs 

When Lucy learns that Cornel Wilde is staying in the penthouse upstairs, she poses as the bellboy to try and get in to meet him.



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Episode cast overview:
Lucy Ricardo
Ricky Ricardo
Ethel Mertz
Fred Mertz (credit only)
Cornel Wilde


When Lucy learns that Cornel Wilde is staying in the penthouse upstairs, she poses as the bellboy to try and get in to meet him.

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

18 April 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Lucy climbs into the Ricardo Suite balcony, after falling from the penthouse, her right foot has no shoe on it. Someone in the live audience can be heard over the laughter clearly saying, "She lost her shoe" followed by "she threw her shoe down", referring to an earlier scene when Lucy throws her shoe from the penthouse balcony onto the balcony of her suite, to get Ethel's attention. See more »


A close-up shot of Lucy and Ethel reveals that the backdrop of Hollywood outside their suite at "The Beverly Palms Hotel" is only a still photograph since there is no traffic, except for a single truck in the middle of the street which is not moving. Also, flags are not waving, although they are completely unfurled. See more »


References The Big Combo (1955) 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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The Indignity Of It All
21 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

As if her experiences with William Holden and Richard Widmark weren't enough Lucille Ball goes through another trial in getting to meet Cornel Wilde who happens to be staying at her hotel. They must have been fumigating his house.

This series of shows from Hollywood where a different name film star of the time makes an appearance seen today are a great justification as to why movie star celebrities take such precautions to avoid fans.

In addition to roping in Vivian Vance in her loopy schemes in the Hollywood episodes she has poor Bob Jellison totally buffaloed. Jellison who looks like a pint size Lou Costello is one poor hapless fool who probably should have lost his job.

Poor Cornel Wilde is looking for a little peace and quiet and this crazy redheaded even invades the sanctity of his shower. The indignity of it all.

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