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Lucy Calls the President (1977)

After Indiana housewife Lucy Whittaker (Lucille Ball) calls the White House to discuss a housing project, she finds herself making preparations for the President to visit her home for ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Whittaker
Vivian Vance ... Viv
Gale Gordon ... Omar Whittaker
Mary Wickes ... Millie Baker
Mary Jane Croft ... Midge Bowser
James Brodhead James Brodhead ... Mayor Wally Bowser (as James E. Broadhead)
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Steve Allen ... Himself
Lillian Carter ... Herself (President Jimmy Carter's Mother)
Joey Forman ... Secret Service Agent Thatcher
Ed McMahon ... Floyd Whittaker
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Secret Service Agent Stockley
John William Young ... TV Director (as John Young)
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After Indiana housewife Lucy Whittaker (Lucille Ball) calls the White House to discuss a housing project, she finds herself making preparations for the President to visit her home for dinner. Calamity and comedy follows as Lucy frantically prepares for the momentous event with the eager support of family, friends and neighbors. The special is capped with a surprise cameo appearance.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

21 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lach' mit Lucille Ball: Ein ganz besonderer Gast zum Dinner See more »

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An interesting window into the early part of Jimmy Carter's presidency
30 June 2019 | by slackline70See all my reviews

I think I was 7 or 8 when this was on TV - so honestly I'm only giving it a 7 because I remember my parents thought it was good. My brother and I thought it lacked the zaniness of Lucy's previous sitcoms - but in retrospect I suspect she was eschewing the more slapstick-oriented style of the sitcoms for more sophisticated humor.

What I remember most, though, is how it presented a view Jimmy Carter's presidency early on in his first and only term that has largely been lost to history.

Believe it or not, people were actually kind of excited about Jimmy Carter at the beginning of his presidency. After Vietnam and Watergate, America wanted a nice, normal-guy kind of president - and Jimmy Carter fit the bill perfectly. And although people mostly remember Carter mostly for out-of-control inflation and his inability to handle the Iran hostage crisis - he actually set some landmark precedents for how US presidents conduct themselves. For starters - he was the first US president to ask to be called by his nickname throughout his candidacy and presidency.

Richard Nixon was Dick Nixon to his friends and 'Tricky Dick' to his enemies - but was always Richard Nixon in any official capacity. And I'm pretty certain it never crossed Lucille Ball's mind to do a TV movie in which she invited him over for dinner.

Whatever his limitations as a president, Jimmy Carter was always just Jimmy to his friends, his enemies, and to the country as a whole. And one of the very few Lucy and the rest of us would be happy to have for dinner.


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