I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Pilot 

TV-G | | Comedy, Family | Episode aired 1951
Ricky tries to keep Lucy away from auditioning for a TV show, but when a clown becomes unavailable, Lucy takes his place.

Director:

Ralph Levy

Writers:

Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Davis (as Madelyn Pugh) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz ... Ricky Ricardo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucie Arnaz ... Self - Hostess
Jerry Hausner ... Jerry
Bob LeMond Bob LeMond ... Narrator (voice)
John Stephenson ... Narrator (introductory comments)
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Storyline

Ricky tries to keep Lucy away from auditioning for a TV show, but when a clown becomes unavailable, Lucy takes his place.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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Trivia

This unaired pilot was considered lost, until Pepito Pérez's widow notified CBS that she owned the sole copy. It was given to Pepito Perez by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball as their show of gratitude for his performance, friendship and extremely humorous personalities, he acted as. See more »

Goofs

(at around 13 mins) As Ricky tries to open the door to the bathroom he shakes the whole wall of the bedroom. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: In this city live Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Of course, you know Ricky as the famous orchestra leader and singer. And Lucy is the famous, um, well she's... her hair is very red. And she's married to Ricky.
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Alternate Versions

In 1990, a 16mm print of the original lost pilot episode was found. The opening titles and first few seconds of the opening narration was damaged beyond repair. This scene was reconstructed for DVD in 2002 with a re-recorded narration by Bob LeMond, 50 years after he originally recorded it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuban Cabby
Written by James Cavanaugh, John Redmond and Nat Simon
Performed by Desi Arnaz
(uncredited)
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Pilot
16 November 2014 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

An obviously pregnant Lucille Ball joins her real-life husband to make this pilot for their new show, "I Love Lucy." The episode is not very well made and lacks the chemistry that their on-air shows have. I thought the clown was pretty freaky-looking and was very glad Lucy was able to take his place!

This pilot really sets up what the show will be like. Lucy always trying to get into acting, her husband trying to keep her out of it, and them fighting and making up. I really love these two together. I've read this show was formed to save their marriage. It's so sad that the on-screen chemistry these two shared was simply that - on-screen.

Of course, I always enjoy listening to Ricky sing...


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Release Date:

1951 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(TV)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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