Lucy's Barbershop Quartet


Lucy's Barbershop Quartet

The Lucy Show

A member of the girl's volunteer fire department is moving and will have to drop out of Viv's barbershop quartet. Lucy is very hurt that she is left out of the volunteer firemen's barbershop quartet.

She trys to convince Viv and her friends to let her fill the vacant spot. Lucy auditions for the quartet by singing "Be My Little Baby Bumblebee". Desperate for a fourth member so they can compete in a big contest, the women are forced to let her join.

Though Lucy talks loudly, they can barely hear her sing, so they call in a vocal coach to teach her how to project. With the aid of voice teacher Dr. Gitterman, she learns to sing out loud and stay on key. But the instructor can do nothing for the stage fright that seizes the redhead when she learns that the groups first performance will be in front of three thousand people.

Special Notes: Lucille loved working with Hans Conried, who plays the voice teacher. The entire voice lesson scene will be repeated the following season in the episode "Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman to Sing", with Lucy as the teacher and Ethel Merman as the nonplussed pupil. Lucy references the great vocal coach Dr. Gitterman who taught her how to sing and teaches Merman his technique.

Bloopers: The quartet meets at the Vivian and Lucy's house to find a replacement. As Lucy runs across the room to grab the telephone, the shadow of the mic boom follows her across.

Episode #19
Season #1 (1962-63)

Aired: February 4, 1963

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Jack Donohue (Director),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis (Writer),
Bob Weiskopf (Writer),
Bob Schiller (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Hans Conried (Dr. Gitterman),
Carole Cook (Thelma Green),
Dorothy Konrad (Dorothy Boyer),
Alan Ray (M.C.)