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 ... Herself - Hostess
Jerry Hausner ... Jerry
Bob Lamond Bob Lamond ... Narrator (voice) (as Bob LeMond)
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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Details

Release Date:

1951 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After the pilot, their character role last name, Lopez, was changed to Ricardo to prevent confusion with band leader Vincent Lopez. 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

The CBS DVD Complete Series set version of the lost pilot does not include the Lucie Arnaz introduction that was seen when the episode premiered on CBS in 1990. See more »

Connections

Remade as I Love Lucy: The Audition (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Cielito Lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza
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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