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The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 February 1954 (USA)
Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Clinton Twiss (novel), Albert Hackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Tacy Collini
Desi Arnaz ... Nicholas Carlos Collini
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Hittaway
Keenan Wynn ... Policeman
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Bolton
Moroni Olsen ... Mr. Tewitt
Bert Freed ... Foreman
Madge Blake ... Aunt Anastacia
Walter Baldwin ... Uncle Edgar
Oliver Blake ... Mr. Judlow
Perry Sheehan Perry Sheehan ... Bridesmaid
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Storyline

Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer. After the two are hitched, they hitch up their trailer and begin their honeymoon. The humor comes from several disastrous adventures the couple has while traveling including Tacy's awkward attempt to cook dinner in a moving trailer, and a cliffhanging ride through the mountains that nearly destroys their marriage. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La roulotte du plaisir See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The trailer from the movie was made in Alma, Michigan. One woman, who made the curtains for the movie, received a piece of the set, the round table that folds. It is still in the family as an heirloom. See more »

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During the closing scenes, Mrs. Tewitt parks her car by the office where Desi is waiting for Lucy. In the closing shot where Lucy and Desi embrace and the camera pulls away, the car seems to be missing. However, just as the screen fades to black for the closing credits, the right front corner of Mrs. Tewitt's car is visible in the lower left corner of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Tacy: What happened?
Nicholas Collini: Oh nothing, I just cracked my skull.
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The following acknowledgment appears in the end credits: "We are deeply grateful to the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, for permission to photograph scenes in Yosemite National Park". See more »

Alternate Versions

Preview version ran 103 minutes, and included different orchestration to the song "Breezin' Along With the Breeze," as well as an additional scene with Marjorie Main. The original music orchestration has since been included on a music compilation CD, and the advertising trailer includes a tiny portion of the deleted Marjorie Main scene. See more »

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Cui Cui
Written by Xavier Cugat, Foster Curbelo (as Fausto Curbelo) and Al Stillman (as Al Stillman)
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Marriage On The Rocks
26 July 2003 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

"The Long, Long Trailer" is a thoroughly enjoyable "vehicle" for a nostalgic trip back to the talents of Desi and Lucy. Desi, eager to please, gives in to Lucy, as she dreams of, and schemes for, a life on wheels, only to find that soaring dreams can come crashing down to reality faster than rocks crashing down a mountainside. The result for the viewer is back and forth laughs and empathy.

The comedy centers on Desi and Lucy. But secondary characters are funny too. Marjorie Main is terrific as the too helpful mother hen. And the overly enthusiastic trailer brakes man is a hoot. "Trailer brakes first, trailer brakes first. These are your trailer blinker lights ... There's your trailer stop light. Now put your blinker lights on. Left. Right. Trailer brakes. Car brakes. Lights. Left. Right. Trailer brakes. Car brakes. OK, let's go". Funny stuff.

The film is mostly comedy, of course. But it also has tension. In the mountain scenes, cinematography and sound override script. Here, the visual perspective of depth and distance combine with sounds of falling rocks and screeching brakes to create a sense of apprehension. Truly, Director Vincente Minnelli knew how to make effective films.

Unlike the trailer, the film is somewhat lightweight. But there are times when you don't want to watch a movie with a ponderous plot or heavy-duty message with "meaning". Lucy and Desi's talent was comedy, not Shakespeare. "The Long, Long Trailer", fluff that it is, is good fluff. It is funny (dramatic too), absorbing, and cinematically well made. And with a breezy musical score, what more could you want?


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