I Love Lucy: Season 4, Episode 25

The Star Upstairs (18 Apr. 1955)

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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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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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Lucy's hotel room has a certain view but Cornel Wilde's is completely different even though his hotel room is one flight up. 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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Pure nostalgia
22 April 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

While not as huge a fan of Lucy as most, I happened upon this episode on a Saturday morning. It follows a continuing pattern which Ball and Arnaz employed towards earning millions, in an era when a million-dollar figure in entertainment or professional sports really meant something.

Here, Lucy, against Ricky's "standing orders" proceeds to invade celebrity guest Cornell Wilde's suite, hiding in the equipment of the nerdy room service bellhop.

She then slithers down from the balcony, via cloth strips from which she's tethered herself, attached to a potted palm. While Ethel is attempting to retrieve her on the balcony below Wilde's, Ricky enters, and Ethel must abandon her efforts, in order to divert his attention.

Lucy finally arrives back into the room, palm leaves on her clothing, which is torn from a "fall" into a tree below. Ricky has just left for Mr. Wilde's suite, invited to play cards. As Lucy reels comically, and explains her fall to Ethel, Ricky calls the room. He invites her to Wilde's suite, as an expressed "reward," since he believes she's been "good" by not pestering him, as directed by Ricky earlier.

Delicious chauvinism, as perpetrated by this show like no other. I remember where Ricky actually chewed-out Lucy for buying a new couch, beyond her household budget's resources -- all the while his fat ass was occupying it more than any of the others.

These programs provide pure nostalgia of TV and the paternalistic chauvinistic moires of the 1950's

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