Lucy Calls the President

Lucy Calls the President

(featuring Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon)

Lucy TV Specials

Lucille Ball plays, Lucy Whittaker, who decides to call President Jimmy Carter during his weekly radio show and bring up a topic of local Indiana civic importance.

Carter tells Lucy he will be in her area, and will visit her to discuss the matter. Later, the plan is changed to a dinner with the President at Lucy's house, and everyone she has ever known demands to be invited.

Lucy finds herself in many situations from chaos in the kitchen to cases of mistaken identity.

Special Notes: This special was more or less, a bittersweet Lucy Show reunion as it featured most of the regulars from that show. This was also the final appearance of Lucille Ball with Vivian Vance. Vivian had already been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and was receiving chemotherapy treatments and had suffered a stroke, which left her face partially paralized, just a few months prior to filming this special. This was also the last time Lucille worked with Mary Jane Croft and Mary Wickes. Lucy had also just lost her mother, DeDe four months prior to the shows airing, in July 1977, and was visibly distraught at her mother's absense in the audience.

Airdate: November 21, 1977
Studio: CBS
Show Length: 60 minutes

Lucille Ball (Executive Producer),
Gary Morton (Producer),
Madelyn Davis and Bob Carrol Jr., (Co-Producers, Writers),
Marc Daniels (Director)

Guest Star(s):
Lucille Ball,
Vivian Vance,
Gale Gordon

Supporting Cast:
Mary Jane Croft,
Ed McMahon,
Mary Wickes,
James Broadhead,
Steve Allen,
Stack Pierce,
John William Young,
Lillian Carter (President Carter's mother)