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The Long, Long Trailer

MOVIE #79

The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Tacy Collini)


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At the height of their TV fame, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were contracted by MGM to make two theatrical films. The first of these, The Long, Long Trailer, stars Lucy and Desi as an upwardly mobile couple who decide to buy a trailer for their vacations.

Thanks to their naivete in such matters, they end up with a huge, bulky RV that costs five times what they planned. Their "seeing America" trip turns out to be a slapstick disaster, topped by Lucy's foolish decision to hide a heavy rock collection in the trailer; as Desi tries to maneuver a treacherous mountain road, the weighted-down home-on-wheels nearly loses its balance and almost tumbles off a cliff.

The story is told in flashback, as Desi 'splains the breakup of his marriage to a motel court manager. Happily, Lucy shows up, goes "Waaaaah" a little, and all is forgiven.

Special Notes: Despite the fact that audiences could watch Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy for free each week on television, The Long, Long Trailer was a big hit at the box-office.

Movie #79
Film Date: 1954

Release Date: February 18, 1954
Film Type: comedy
Film Color: Anscocolor
Studio: MGM
Film Length: 97 minutes

Director/Producer:
Vincente Minnelli (Director)
Pandro S. Berman (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Tacy Collini)

Supporting Cast:
Desi Arnaz (Nicholas Collini)
Marjorie Main (Mrs. Hittaway)
Keenan Wynn (Policeman)
Gladys Hurlbut (Mrs. Bolton)
Moroni Olsen (Mr. Tewitt)
Bert Freed (Foreman)
Madge Blake (Aunt Anastacia)
Walter S. Baldwin (Uncle Edgar)
Oliver Blake (Mr. Sudloy)
Perry Sheehan (Bridesmaid)
Dennis Ross (Jody)
Edna Skinner (Mrs. Barrett)
Robert Anderson (Carl Barrett)
Fay Roope (Judge)
Emory Parnell (Policeman)
Phil Rich (Mr. Dudley)
Christopher Olsen (Tom)
Wilson Wood (Garage Owner)
Ruth Warren (Mrs. Dudley)
Howard Wright (Uncle Bill)
Sarah Spencer (Girl Friend)
Connie Van (Grace)
Emmett Vogan (Mr. Bolton)
Herb Vigran (Trailer Salesman)
John Call (Shorty)
Frank Gerstle (Attendant)
Dallas Boyd (Minister)
Charles Herbert (Little Boy)
Jack Kruschen (Mechanic)
Geraldine Carr (Girl)
Juney Ellis (Waitress)
Edgar Dearing (Manager)
Dorothy Neumann (Aunt Ellen
Howard McNear (Mr. Hittaway)
Richard Alexander (Father)
Ida Moore (Candy Store Clerk)
Norman Leavitt (Driver)
Alan Lee (Mr. Elliott)
Karl Lukas (Inspector)
Ruth Lee (Mrs. Tewitt)
Peter Leeds (Garage Manager)