Lucy Goes to a Rodeo


Lucy Goes to a Rodeo

I Love Lucy

Fred wants Ricky to perform at his lodge show next Friday, but the Cuban can't oblige as he's scheduled to do a radio show that day. However, Lucy and Ethel offer their talents for the lodge performance.

Lucy suggests "The Pleasant Peasant" operetta that their ladies' club staged a while ago. Fred prefers a Western theme for the lodge show and enlists the services of his old friend Rattlesnack Jones, who's in town to see his brother perform in a Madison Square Garden rodeo.

Fred and Ethel audition for Jones by singing "Birmingham Jail," and Lucy tries out by yodeling "Home on the Range." Her lousy performance prompts Jones to suggest she try her hand at bell ringing the melody of "Down by the Old Mill Stream."

Suddenly, Ricky learns from his agent that the radio show date is really a rodeo show engagement. Desperate because he has to put together a Western show in two days, Ricky hires Lucy and the Mertzes to appear with him at the Garden show.

After Ricky's rousing rendition of "Texas Pete" ("Cuban Pete" with a cowboy hat), the rodeo announceer introduces "Lucille McGillicuddy and Her Western Bell Ringers."

Special Notes: Actor Doye O'Dell hosted a Los Angeles TV show titled, "Western Theatre."

Bloopers: During the filming of Desi Arnaz's "Texas Pete" number his gun belt falls off causing filming to stop. Since the crew thought this was funny they decided to reshoot the scene and incorporate this bit.

Episode #135
Season #5 (1955-56)

Aired: November 28, 1955
Filmed: October 27, 1955
Rating: 46.9/63

Cuban Pete,
Red River Valley,
Down by the Old Mill Stream,
Birmingham Jail,
The Old Chisholm Trail,
Lily of the Valley,
Home on the Range,

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

Supporting Cast:
John Gallaudet (Johnny Clark),
Dub Taylor (Rattlesnake Jones),
Doye O'Dell (Madison Square Garden Announcer)