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I Love Lucy 

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The wife of a band leader constantly tries to become a star - in spite of her having no talent, and gets herself (along with her best friend into the funniest predicaments.
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »





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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Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance


Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead, she constantly tries to perform at his club, the Tropicana, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlord and best friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Jerry Hauser; who played the recurring character Jerry the Agent on I Love Lucy; did not enjoy working on that show; he said in an interview recently . Jerry Hausner doesn't remember his days working on "I Love Lucy" as happy ones, but then, he didn't expect them to be.

"You don't think in terms of whether you're happy or not when you're doing it," Hausner says. "You're making a living."Hausner played Ricky Ricardo's agent, Jerry, on many episodes of the champion warhorse and on the "I Love Lucy" pilot film - made in March, 1951, long thought lost, and recently aired for the first time ever by CBS.

Hausner is believed to be the only surviving cast member from that pilot.

"In the series, I was going to be Desi's best friend and manager and all that stuff," says Hausner, 81, who lives in Encino, Calif., and whose voice sounds nearly as young and punchy as it did 40 years ago. "The Mertzes were never even thought of at that time."

Unfortunately for him, after the pilot was made, it was decided that the show needed additional foils for Lucy, and so landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, forever dropping by from their apartment downstairs, were created. The series began the following fall.

Hausner did not become a regular, but Jerry the agent was a recurring character. And because Hausner had done the voice of Baby Snooks's little brother on Fannie Brice's radio show, he got an additional, off-camera assignment. He supplied the voice of Little Ricky as an infant. If you hear Little Ricky googling and gurgling, that's Jerry Hausner.

Hausner's memories of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the costars and owners of the show, are not very fond.

"Lucy was always wrapped up in whatever she was doing, and as many times as I was on the show, if anybody had asked her my name, she wouldn't have known it," Hausner says. "A lot of stars are like that.

"But I have great respect for her talent. She was hard-working and tireless. She worked 16, 18 hours a day. Even when she was pregnant, she was like a locomotive. And she expected everybody else to be."

For Arnaz, the executive producer, Hausner has fewer kind words. He remembers him as a boozer with an abusive temper. One night, during filming, an on-stage telephone hookup between the two men failed, just as Hausner had warned Arnaz it would.

"He became enraged," Hausner recalls. "He screamed at me and called me names in front of the audience. He was drunk a lot of the time, and he could be . . . ornery . . . . I went to one of the producers and said, 'Write me out of this thing."'

Before leaving, he returned some of Arnaz's insults.

"I said to him, 'All your talent is in your wife's name! I'll be on this show when you're off it!' And a funny thing - six years later, after the divorce, Lucy was doing a different series and had me on. And she said to me, 'Well, you were right. You're here, and he's not."'

Hausner, whose last sitcom appearance on TV was in the short-lived CBS series "Coming of Age" in 1988, claims he had never seen an episode of "I Love Lucy" until a few years ago. This gives him a distinction relatively rare among living Americans.

"I never watched it back then, no. We were so busy working, we never watched TV. And I lived in Europe for several years. I've been living my life and not worrying about television.

"But recently, I have seen some of the shows. Since my wife passed away, I've been making my own breakfast, and I watch it in the mornings in the kitchen. And I've been very excited about how good I was."

All over the world, "I Love Lucy" reruns keep playing. You might assume Hausner and other actors who appeared on the series get regular residual payments. Don't.

"I never got a nickel in my life," says Hausner. "There was no such thing as residuals at that time." Perhaps he sounds a little bitter. But he does know he's part of television history. And he bears no grudges against Lucy or Desi.

"Everybody wants to think movie and TV stars are wonderful people," Hausner says. "They are - in their own way. They're powerhouses. They're like machines. They can't get along with anybody for very long." See more »


When the Ricardos are moving to the country, Lucy is standing for the last time in the apartment and talks about how she will miss the place since they lived in that apartment for 15 years. However they had only lived there for 4 years. Prior to that they were in the other apartment in the same building. See more »


Ethel Mertz: Oh, Lucy, I know you're not going to move, but if you ever do move, don't move.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In reruns of the series, much of the music in the beginning and end of scenes were altered or cut to make way for more commercials. Where possible, many of these musical bridges and cues have been fully restored for the DVD release. See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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"I Love Lucy " is Television!!!
10 July 2007 | by dataconflossmoorSee all my reviews

The series, "I Love Lucy" could be the most classic T.V. show in the history of television!! Lucille Ball incorporated slapstick stunts in situations that would utterly appall many insufferable people!! The cast is great!! Comprising of; Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, her real life husband, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley.. Originally, the parts of Fred and Ethel Mertz were suppose to be played by Gale Gordon ("Here's Lucy") and Bea Benederitt ("Petticoat Junction").... While both of these performers were very talented, they sought other avenues, and Vivian Vance and William Frawley stepped in!! From there, the television audience could not imagine any two other people playing the role of the Mertz couple!! "I Love Lucy" was very successful for many reasons, one being that the ethnicity recognition sparked a behavioral candor which was identifiable with many people who watched television !! Special guest stars contributed to the popularity of this show tremendously!! Desi Arnaz, who was very talented, became a likable element on "I Love Lucy".. Yet, first and foremost, Lucille Ball, (An RKO Queen) and her wiles of chicanery, are what symbolized the auspicious trademark to this program!! Lucy was the lovable mischief maker who garnered a camaraderie with the small screen viewer!! Her later shows were classic as well, but, "I Love Lucy" was the show which most sticks out in everybody's mind as the stellar sitcom in Lucille Ball's career!! For years and years "I Love Lucy" has been enjoyed by generations of television viewers, and it will continue to be enjoyed by more and more generations in the future!! "I LOVE LUCY" IS TELEVISION!!

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