When Tallulah Bankhead moves in next door Lucy reacts in typical fashion and continuous chaos ensues.



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Episode cast overview:
Richard Keith ...
Winslow, the Butler
Ida Thompson
Phyllis Kennedy ...


Lucy Ricardo is involved in an amateur theater production when Tallulah Bankhead moves in next door. Lucy manages to cajole Bankhead into appearing in her play, but through a misunderstanding the two have a falling out prior to opening night. The play becomes a battleground of continuous chaos between the two women as each tries to sabotage and outwit the performance of the other. Written by Ron Kerrigan ,mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Family




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3 December 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elvia Allman (Ida Thompson) was one of the favored performers who was frequently called upon to play different supporting roles throughout I Love Lucy (1951) and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957). She also appeared as the extremely strict boss in the classic scenes of their very famous "Chocolate Candy Factory" episode, aka: I Love Lucy: Job Switching (1952). See more »


After Tallulah Bankhead storms out of the Ricardos kitchen, Lucy slams the kitchen door. As she does this, the drawstring to the blind hanging on the door sways back and forth through the window, indicating that there is no glass in the window. See more »


Lucy Ricardo: Are you asking me to leave?
Tallulah Bankhead: 'Throwing you out' would be more appropriate.
Lucy Ricardo: Let me tell you something, Tallulah Bankhead, I've been thrown out of better places than this!
Tallulah Bankhead: You have never BEEN in better places than this!
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References The King and I (1956) See more »

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30 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm one of those weirdos never enamored by "I Love Lucy." Sure, the formula of Lucy getting herself into situations that make us embarrassed for her, while not my kind of comedy, is OK. What really ruined the show was Ricky's musical numbers, which were annoying and added nothing to the show. The best episodes were those in which Ricky's profession wasn't featured.

In "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", the show moves to Connecticut, and there's thankfully a complete lack of singing, except for a brief, non-irritating song in the finale ("Lucy Meets the Mustache"), but the "zany antics" (as people call them) remain. This show's formula shifts to a "guest star of the week" formula and this week's guest Tallulah Bankhead is the best of them.

At first, Lucy is pleased to have such a talented celebrity next door and convinces Miss Bankhead to be in Little Ricky's school play. Though, it's not long until the two become entrenched in a feud, culminating in Lucy's attempts at revenge at Little Ricky's play, with unexpected results.

This episode is full of quotes that are memorable even years later, mostly thanks to the wonderful contribution of Miss Bankhead. This is 50s sitcoms at their best.

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