Lucy Visits Graumans


Lucy Visits Graumans

I Love Lucy

With only a week left in Hollywood, Lucy bemoans her lack of souvenirs while Ricky inspects a box full of goodies including a tin can run over by Cary Grant's left rear tire, chopsticks from Don the Beachcomber, a Robert Taylor orange and Richard Widmark grapefruit (shriveled to an unrecognizable state), menues from the Brown Derby, and a napkin boasting Lana Turner's lip-prints.

Lucy's next souvenir hunting stop, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where "The Tall Men" with Clark Gable and Jane Russell is playing. There, she and the Mertzes view the many stars' foot and handprints embedded in cement slabs located in the famed theatre's forecourt.

When Lucy notices that John Wayne's concrete block is loose, she decides to take home a souvenir to end all souvenirs. Later that day, Lucy returns to the theatre with a crowbar and pail of fresh cement, much to Ethel's apprehension. Lucy: "If you're going to get cold feet on a routine souvenir hunt…" Fred arrives in the midst of their devious doings, proclaiming the scheme "real Bellevue bait."

They manage to steal the slab, but not without Lucy's foot getting stuck in the pail of wet cement. When Ricky discovers the stolen slab at the hotel, he mutters some unprintable Spanish to which Lucy retorts: "I've got the feeling it isn't 'Hot diggity, just what I always wanted!"

Ricky demands the "souvenir" immediately returned whereupon Lucy and Ethel drop it, causing it to break into a million tiny cement chips.

Special Notes: For most shots, the "cement" was actually styrofoam. The Grauman's marquee is advertising The Tall Men which starred Clark Gable and Jane Russell.

Episode #128
Season #5 (1955-56)

Aired: October 3, 1955
Filmed: September 9, 1955
Rating: 42.7/61

James V. Kern (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Pugh Davis (Writer),
Bob Schiller (Writer),
Bob Weiskopf (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Gege Pearson (Tourist Wife),
Hal Gerard (Tourist Husband),
Ben Numis (Policeman),
Clarence Straight (Policeman)