I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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The Star Upstairs 

When Lucy learns that Cornel Wilde is staying in the penthouse upstairs, she poses as the bellboy to try and get in to meet him.



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Episode cast overview:
... Lucy Ricardo
... Ricky Ricardo
... Ethel Mertz
... Fred Mertz (credit only)
... Bellboy
... Cornel Wilde


When Lucy learns that Cornel Wilde is staying in the penthouse upstairs, she poses as the bellboy to try and get in to meet him.

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Comedy | Family





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18 April 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Lucy climbs into the Ricardo Suite balcony, after falling from the penthouse, her right foot has no shoe on it. Someone in the live audience can be heard over the laughter clearly saying, "She lost her shoe" followed by "she threw her shoe down", referring to an earlier scene when Lucy throws her shoe from the penthouse balcony onto the balcony of her suite, to get Ethel's attention. See more »


The penthouse where Cornel Wilde is staying is directly above the Ricardo Suite at the Beverly Palms Hotel. The photographic backdrop, providing the view from the Ricardo Suite, is a view to the NorthEast, with Vine Street running diagonally from lower right to upper left, with the large neon signs on buildings at Hollywood and Vine visible at the top left. The HOLLYWOOD sign can be seen on Mt Lee, left of center in the view.The photograph appears to have been taken from about DeLongpre Avenue, as the corner of Sunset and Vine can be seen. The backdrop providing the view from Wilde's penthouse is quite different, even though the penthouse is directly above. It is much closer to Hollywood Boulevard, probably taken from a position on Sunset Boulevard, and looks due North at the back of the buildings along Hollywood Boulevard, with Vine Street along the extreme right and Ivar Avenue on the left. The HOLLYWOOD sign would be at the extreme right of this view, and is probably hidden by a palm tree on the right side of Wilde's balcony. See more »


References The Big Combo (1955) See more »


Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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Pure nostalgia
22 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

While not as huge a fan of Lucy as most, I happened upon this episode on a Saturday morning. It follows a continuing pattern which Ball and Arnaz employed towards earning millions, in an era when a million-dollar figure in entertainment or professional sports really meant something.

Here, Lucy, against Ricky's "standing orders" proceeds to invade celebrity guest Cornell Wilde's suite, hiding in the equipment of the nerdy room service bellhop.

She then slithers down from the balcony, via cloth strips from which she's tethered herself, attached to a potted palm. While Ethel is attempting to retrieve her on the balcony below Wilde's, Ricky enters, and Ethel must abandon her efforts, in order to divert his attention.

Lucy finally arrives back into the room, palm leaves on her clothing, which is torn from a "fall" into a tree below. Ricky has just left for Mr. Wilde's suite, invited to play cards. As Lucy reels comically, and explains her fall to Ethel, Ricky calls the room. He invites her to Wilde's suite, as an expressed "reward," since he believes she's been "good" by not pestering him, as directed by Ricky earlier.

Delicious chauvinism, as perpetrated by this show like no other. I remember where Ricky actually chewed-out Lucy for buying a new couch, beyond her household budget's resources -- all the while his fat ass was occupying it more than any of the others.

These programs provide pure nostalgia of TV and the paternalistic chauvinistic moires of the 1950's

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