Lucy Gets in Pictures


Lucy Gets in Pictures

I Love Lucy

Lucy is dying to appear in a Hollywood movie, her desire further sparked when she learns the Mertzes have got parts in a picture (through their old vaudeville friend Jimmy O'Connor) and Bobby the bellboy has landed a speaking role in a hospital drama.

She decides to take drastic action: "I went to Schwab's today to get discovered but they won't let you sit at the counter unless you order something. So I sat through four chocolate malts and three ice cream sodas." Ethel: "And no one did any discovering?" Lucy: "Oh, I did. About an hour ago, I discovered I was turning a light shade of green."

Finally, Lucy lands a part in an M-G-M musical in which she is to play a Busby Berkeley-type showgirl who is shot during a nightclub sequence. Much to director Frank Williams' chagrin, Lucy has trouble wearing an enormous feathered headdress in the staircase number.

After numerous ruined "takes", the director replaces Mrs. Ricardo, giving her "death scene" to another showgirl. "Wouldn't you like to see me die?" Lucy asks the director earnestly. "Don't tempt me, Mrs. Ricardo," he responds.

Determined to get on camera, Lucy excuses herself from the set after she is offered the part of a girl already dead on a stretcher, only to return with her name emblazoned on the soles of her high heels.

Special Notes: When Ricky drops off Lucy at the studios, he says he's meeting with "Mister Minnelli" as in Vincente Minnelli. Vicente Minnelli directed Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz the year before in "The Long, Long Trailer."

The scene with Lucy and the headress will play out again in an episode of The Lucy Show with Danny Thomas, "Lucy Helps Danny Thomas" where Lucy is once again mishandling a headress which is too big for her.

Bloopers: When Ricky comes back in the hotel suite from reading Lucy's postcards he refers to Carolyn Appleby as Lillian Appleby. That was her original name during her first appearance but they switched it to Carolyn for the remainder of the series.

Episode #116
Season #4 (1954-55)

Aired: February 21, 1955
Filmed: December 16, 1954
Rating: 51.7/68

A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody

William Asher (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis Pugh (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Lous Krugman (Frank Williams),
Onna Conners (Showgirl),
Robert Jellison (Bobby the Bellboy),
Louis A. Nicoletti (Stage Hand)