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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lucille Ball ...  Lucy Ricardo 181 episodes, 1951-1957
Desi Arnaz ...  Ricky Ricardo 181 episodes, 1951-1957
Vivian Vance ...  Ethel Mertz 180 episodes, 1951-1957
William Frawley ...  Fred Mertz 180 episodes, 1951-1957
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Storyline

Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz. The first major show to be put on film rather than kinescope. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1951 (USA) See more »

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Lucy See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(179 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Mary Jane Croft played 3 different characters on I Love Lucy: Betty Ramsey, Evelyn Bigsby and Cynthia Harcourt. See more »

Goofs

The Ricardos are said to live in an apartment at 623 East 68th Street, which in real life would be located in the East River. This is not actually a 'goof' because it was done deliberately to avoid legal issues with an actual address. See more »

Quotes

Fred Mertz: [says Little Ricky can't keep a dog in the apartment] That pooch has got to go!
Little Ricky: [walks in] Mommy! I thought of a name for my dog.
Lucy Ricardo: Oh?
Little Ricky: His name is Fred.
Lucy Ricardo: Fred? Well how did you ever come up with that?
Little Ricky: I always name my pets after people I like!
Ethel Mertz: [Fred turns to leave] Fred? Where are you going?
Fred Mertz: Down to the basement to get the box!
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Crazy Credits

In some of the episodes, the guest-star's name(s) are voiced over, by conductor, Wilbur Hatch, in the Opening Credits or Closing Credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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"Lucy" is timeless classic comedy
21 January 2007 | by jdburkittSee all my reviews

"I Love Lucy" is one of my faves guaranteed to elicit a constant belly laugh from me. Great way to start any day! Ball's comic timing in her scenes has NEVER been surpassed. Since I was born in 1945 this is also somewhat of an opportunity to see what life in America was like when I was a mischievous child. Today, of course, we know more than we want to about the real-life personality conflicts behind the scenes and Desi's constant insensitivity toward Lucille. Ms Ball was a great role model for young ladies, esp. in the industry, because of her managerial/financial/directorial brilliance. I don't think that the later "Lucy" sitcoms were even as good as the "I love Lucy" series.


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