An award winner!!!!: SiteInspector Approved "Yazi's Lucille Ball Movie Page!!!!": There are 2 parts to my page-Lucy Films and Info of some Lucy's movies: Stone Pillow     (1985; CBS-TV) [Florabelle] Mame     (1974; Warner Bros.) [Mame Dennis] Yours, Mine and Ours     (1968; United Artists) [Helen North Beardsley] A Guide for the Married Man     (1967; 20th Century-Fox) [Technical Advisor; Cameo] Critic's Choice     (1963; Warner Bros.) [Angela Ballantine] The Facts of Life     (1960; United Artists) [Kitty Weaver] Forever, Darling     (1956; MGM) [Susan Vega] The Long, Long Trailer     (1954; MGM) [Tracy Collini] The Magic Carpet     (1951; Columbia) [Narah] A Woman of Distinction     (1950; Columbia) [Herself; Cameo] Fancy Pants     (1950; Paramount) [Agatha Floud] The Fuller Brush Girl     (1950; Columbia) [Sally Elliot] Easy Living     (1949; RKO) [Anne] Miss Grant Takes Richmond     (1949; Columbia) [Ellen Grant] Sorrowful Jones     (1949; Paramount) [Gladys O'Neill] Her Husband's Affairs     (1947; Columbia) [Margaret Weldon] Lured     (1947; United Artists) [Sandra Carpenter] Easy to Wed     (1946; MGM) [Gladys Benton] Ziegfeld Follies     (1946; MGM) [Specialty] The Dark Corner     (1946; 20th Century-Fox) [Kathleen] Lover Come Back     (1946; Universal) [Kay Williams] Two Smart People     (1946; MGM) [Ricki Woodner] Abbott and Costello in Hollywood     (1945; MGM) [Herself; Cameo] Without Love     (1945; MGM) [Kitty Trimble] Meet the People     (1944; MGM) [Julie Hampton] Best Foot Forward     (1943; MGM) [Lucille] Du Barry Was a Lady     (1943; MGM) [May Daly/Madame Du Barry] Thousands Cheer     (1943; MGM) [Herself; Cameo] The Big Street     (1942; RKO) [Gloria] Seven Days' Leave     (1942; RKO) [Terry] Valley of the Sun     (1942; RKO) [Christine Larson] A Girl, a Guy and a Gob     (1941; RKO) [Dot Duncan] Look Who's Laughing     (1941; RKO) [Julie Patterson] Too Many Girls     (1940; RKO) [Connie Casey] You Can't Fool Your Wife     (1940; RKO) [Carla Hinklin/Mercedes Vasquez] Dance, Girl, Dance     (1940; RKO) [Bubbles/Tiger Lily White] The Marines Fly High     (1940; RKO) [Joan Grant] Twelve Crowded Hours     (1939; RKO) [Paula Sanders] Beauty for the Asking     (1939; RKO) [Jean Russell] Five Came Back     (1939; RKO) [Peggy] Panama Lady     (1939; RKO) [Lucy] That's Right You're Wrong     (1939; RKO) [Sandra Sand] Annabel Takes a Tour     (1938; RKO) [Annabel Allison] Room Service     (1938; RKO) [Christine Marlowe] The Affairs of Annbel     (1938; RKO) [Annabel Allison] Having Wonderful Time     (1938; RKO) [Miriam] Go Chase Yourself     (1938; RKO) [Carol Meely] Joy of Living     (1938; RKO) [Salina] Next Time I Marry     (1938; RKO) [Nancy Crocker Fleming] Hitting a New High     (1937; RKO) [?] Stage Door     (1937; RKO) [Judy Canfield] Don't Tell the Wife     (1937; RKO) [Ann Howell] Follow the Fleet     (1936; RKO) [Kitty Collins] Bunker Bean     (1936; RKO) [Miss Kelly] Dummy Ache     (1936; RKO) [Actress] The Farmer in the Dell     (1936; RKO) [Gloria] That Girl From Paris     (1936; RKO) [Claire Williams] Winterset     (1936; RKO) [A Girl] Top Hat     (1935; RKO) [Flower Clerk] I'll Love You Always     (1935; RKO) [Lucille] Roberta     (1935; RKO) [Fashion Model; uncredited] Carnival     (1935; RKO) [Nurse] His Old Flame     (1935; RKO) [?] I Dream Too Much     (1935; RKO) [Gwendolyn Dilley] The Three Musketeers     (1935; RKO) [Bit Part; uncredited] The Whole Town's Talking     (1935; Columbia) [Girl; uncredited] Three Little Pigskins     (1934; Columbia) [Daisy Simms] Broadway Bill     (1934; Columbia) [Blonde telephone operator; uncredited] The Affairs of Cellini     (1934; United Artists) [Lady-in-Waiting; uncredited] Bottoms Up     (1934; Fox) [Girl] Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back     (1934; United Artists) [Girl] Fugitive Lady     (1934; Columbia) [Beauty Operator] Hold That Girl     (1934; Fox) [Girl] Jealousy     (1934; Columbia) [Girl] Kid Millions     (1934; United Artists) [Goldwyn Girl] Men of the Night     (1934; Columbia) [Peggy] Moulin Rouge     (1934; United Artists) [Chorus Girl] Nana     (1934; United Artists) [Chorus Girl; uncredited] Blood Money     (1933; United Artists) [Bit Part; uncredited] The Bowery     (1933; United Artists) [Bit Part; uncredited] Broadway Through a Keyhole     (1933; United Artists) [Bit Part; uncredited] Roman Scandals     (1933; United Artists) [Slave Girl; uncredited]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here are info on some of Lucille Ball's movies: Lucy Movie Info #1: Fancy Pants (1950) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis "An American actor (Arthur Tyler [Bob Hope]) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud [Lea Penman]) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie [Lucille Ball]). The complications increase when the town believes Arthur to be an Earl, and President Roosevelt decides to pay a visit." [Erica Schulman]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast     ACTOR/ACTRESS ROLE Lucille Ball Agatha Floud Virginia Kelley Rosalind Bob Hope Arthur Tyler Percy Helton Mayor Fogarty Bruce Cabot Cart Belknap Robin Hughes Cyril Hope Sansberry Millie Jack Kirkwood Mike Floud Oliver Blake Mr. Andrews Lea Penman Effie Floud Hugh French George VanBasingwell Grace Gillern Albertson Dolly -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits RUNNING TIME     92m's YEAR OF RELEASE     1950 STUDIO     Paramount COLOR/B&W     Color DIRECTOR     George Marshall WRITERS     Edmund L. Hartmann     Robert C. O'Brien     Harry Leon Willson    (original story) CINEMATOGRAPHER     Charles Lang FILM EDITING     Archie Marshek PRODUCER     Robert L. Welch ART DIRECTORS     Hans Dreier     A. Earl Hendrick  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes Lucy and Bob Hope had scored a huge success for Paramount in Sorrowful Jones, which had grossed more than any other Bob Hope film to date.  Paramount, hoping they could score another huge success with the team, immediatley signed Lucy for their next Hope comedy: a remake of the 1935 Charles Laughton film, Ruggles of Red Gap. The film was first titled When Men Were Men, before changing to Fancy Pants. There were two songs written for the film by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans: "(Hey) Fancy Pants!" and "Home Cookin'." Fancy Pants began shooting in August.  It opened in late Summer 1950, and was not as big a success as Sorrowful Jones.  It did earn a tidy sum at the box-office, and was well-recieved by critics as well. This was Lucy and Bob Hope's second film teaming.  They would work together on screen two more times; in The Facts of Life and Critic's Choice. Fancy Pants is available on home video from Paramount.  You can buy the video online from Ted's Lucille Ball Bookstore (in association with  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reviews ".  Amusing musical remake of Ruggles of Red Gap...." [Leonard Maltin] "Lucille Ball is one of the finest comediennes in Hollywood." [Cue] "Bob Hope and Lucille Ball are in good form in this spirited remake of Ruggles of Red Gap." [Find-a-Video]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quotes "You act as is gravy was on it!"                             -- Agatha, as Sir Wembley kisses her hand  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy Fans Speak "Fancy Pants was a wonderful movie....  Its a really great movie." - Ben Lucy movie info #2: Forever, Darling (1956) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Synopsis "Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel, which only Susan can see, to tell her that there will be trouble ahead if they do not work out their problems. Lorenzo is developing insecticide #383 at Finlay Vega Chemical Co. and plans to test it on a camping trip that he takes with Susan, but the trip becomes a an obstacle course for him." [Tony Fontana]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast     ACTOR/ACTRESS ROLE Lucille Ball Susan Vega Desi Arnaz Lorenzo Xavier Vega James Mason The Guardian Angel Louis Calhern Charles Y. Bewell John Emery Dr. Edward R. Winter John Hoyt Bill Finlay Natalie Schafer Millie Opdyke Mabel Albertson Society Reporter Ralph Dumke Henry Opdyke Nancy Kulp Amy Willis Bouchey Mr. Clinton Ruth Brady Laura -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits RUNNING TIME     96m's DATE OF RELEASE     February 9, 1956 STUDIO     MGM     Zanra COLOR/B&W     Color DIRECTOR     Alexander Hall WRITERS     Helen Deutsch     Bob Carroll, Jr. (uncredited)     Madelyn Pugh (uncredited) CINEMATOGRAPHER     Harold Lipstein MUSIC     Bronislau Kaper FILM EDITING     Dann Cahn     Bud Molin PRODUCER     Desi Arnaz  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes After the huge success of The Long, Long Trailer, MGM wanted the Lucy-Desi team back on the screen - but fast.  However, this time Desi had more clout, and told MGM he was going to produce the film, using the I Love Lucy television staff, at Desilu.  Instead of the Desilu banner, though, Desi produced the film as Zanra (Arnaz spelled backwards) Productions.  MGM would finance and release the film. On March 7, 1956 it was announced that Desilu had dug up a comedy script by Helen Deutsch called Guardian Angel, which had been written in 1944.  Under that title, it was considered as a vehicle for the team of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.  An earlier version, titled The Woman Who Was Scared, had been written as a potential vehicle for William Powell and Myrna Loy.  Later, in a silly MGM publicity stunt, the studio tried to sell a story to the press that Deutsch had written the story as a Lucy-Desi vehicle originally -- in 1942! The role of the angel was intened for William Powell in the Hepburn-Tracy script, and the Arnazes wanted Cary Grant for the part.  Instead, however, they settled for James Mason.  Married couple Judy Garland and Sid Luft had also intended for Cary Grant -- in the role of the suicidal movie star Garland marries -- in their 1954 musical-remake of A Star is Born, but they, too, had to settle for James Mason. Forever, Darling director Alexander Hall had once been romantically linked to Lucy, and they had almost gotten engaged.  However, his hiring wasn't the best idea.  Bernie Weitzman in Desilu: "[Lucy] had a lot of sentiment about people.  Al Hall was an old-time director who couldn't get a job with anybody else.  She made him the director because she liked him and he was nice to her when she was a nobody.  She had great sentimental feeling about people who were good to her when she was down.  Desi did, too.  She surrounded herself with people who knew her for years and years who were really througfh in this industry, but for her they were very important.  She had tremendous loyalty -- even if it wroked against her." Being used to television -- where time was of the essence -- Desi didn't waste time the way most movie-makers did.  One of his ideas was simple, yet hadn't been thought of in the 25 years of movie making since Technicolor began.  Martin Leeds, also in Desilu: "At the end of the first day [of production], I got a call from Ben [Thau], asking how we were doing.  'We are ahead two days,' I replied.  'What is with you,' he said.  'Are you drunk?'  I explained that when we started our color tests, we shot script at the same time, and the two days of tests came out first quality, great.  MGM had never thought of that, but we television people knew that you should never waste anything." Production on the film ran from May 31 to July 14, 1955. Radio City Music Hall deemed the film "substandard" and declared that it wouldn't priemere the film at it's movie house. MGM priemered the film on February 9, 1956, at New York's Loew's State Theater.  The Arnazes flew to the Big Apple for the event, stopping in Lucy's hometown of Celeron for a reunion. The film met with critical blahs and mediocre box-office. Forever, Darling is available on home video from MGM/UA Home Video.  You can buy the video online from Ted's Lucille Ball Bookstore (in association with  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy Says... "I haven't been in many flops in my life, but this one was petty bad.  Desi played a scientist working on a new insecticide; I was his screwball wife who went along on a field trip to help.  The picture was made hastily with a poor script; both critics and public pannied it.  But at least it inspired a beatuiful song...." [Love, Lucy]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reviews "1/2. ....Contrived but enjoyable." [Leonard Maltin] "...silly..." [Newsweek] "...garbled story...not until the final reel does Lucy het around to taking the pratfalls that are her television specialty." [Time] "The script is heavy and the jokes are bad.  This is quite a switch on the entertainment pattern of the day -- the two stars devote their best energies to television and toss off a quickie for the movies.  Movie fans deserve a better break." [Uncredited critic, quoted in Desilu] "In several studio close-ups of Miss Ball, both camera and lighting are notably unkind." [Variety]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy Fans Speak "Lucille Ball and Desi Aranz at there best." -- Paul Dawson "Not as great as Long, Long Trailer but still Lucy.  It proves that television makers can't beat movie makers at their own game." - Carol Burnett Lucy movie info #3: The Long, Long Trailer (1954) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis "America may never be the same after Hollywood's favorite couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, take you aboard their home on wheels for a wacky cross-country honeymoon." [MGM Synopsis] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast     Lucille Ball Tracy Collini Desi Arnaz Nicholas Collini Marjorie Main Mrs. Hittaway Keenan Wynn Policeman Gladys Hurlbut Mrs. Bolton Moroni Olsen Mr. Tewitt Bert Freed Foreman Madge Blake Aunt Anastacia Walter Baldwin Uncle Edgar Oliver Blake Mr. Sudloy Perry Sheehan Bridesmaid Charles Herbert Little Boy -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits RUNNING TIME     103m's YEAR OF RELEASE     1954 STUDIO     Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) COLOR/BW     Technicolor DIRECTOR     Vincente Minnelli WRITERS     Frances Goodrich     Albert Hackett     Clinton Twiss (author) CINEMATOGRAPHER     Robert Surtees MUSIC     Adolph Deutsch     Richard A. Whiting FILM EDITING     Ferris Webster PRODUCER     Pandro S. Berman LYRICISTS     Haven Gillespie     Seymour Simmons     Richard A. Whiting ART DIRECTORS     Edward C. Carfagno     Cedric Gibbons SET DIRECTORS     F. Keogh Gleason     Edwin B. Willis SPECIAL EFFECTS     A. Arnold Gillespie     Warren Newcombe  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes Desi had become interested in Clinton Twiss' The Long, Long Trailer as early as May 1952, but MGM producer Pandro S. Berman outbid him. Berman, however, though Lucy and Desi would be great in the film, but MGM honchos weren't sure.  Berman later recalled, "Metro wanted no part of it.  They subscribed to the theory that the audience wouldn't pay to see actors they could get at home free.  But I insisted these were different parts, and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz could make the picture hillarious.  If the picture was funny enough, I had no worries that enough people wouldn't pay to see it." On February 4, 1953, Lucy and Desi were signed to make the film at MGM for $250,000.  Vincente Minnelli was chosen to direct a week later. Lucy and Desi began production a week after "I Love Lucy" ended production on its second season.  The production wrapped on July 16. In February 1954, two "I Love Lucy" episodes were produced back-to-back so that Lucy and Desi could attend the film's New York premiere. The movie was a major part of MGM's Thirtieth Anniversary Jubilee, and they spent a huge amount of money on the film's marketing campaign. Trailer premiered at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall to fantastic reviews and eventually became MGM's top-grossing comedy film of all-time, eclipsing Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor's Father of the Bride. Trailer is also the reason there is no "I Love Lucy" feature film.  Other than a preview in Bakersfield, California, the film was never released because MGM did not want extra competition for Trailer.  If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of a copy of this film, please e-mail me. Trailer is available on videotape from MGM/UA Home Video (202112).  You can buy the video online from Ted's Lucille Ball Bookstore (in association with -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy Says... "We took three days of from ["I Love Lucy] and then went directly into production of MGM's The Long, Long Trailer.  We did this movie for my old friend producer Pandro Berman.  My former studio, MGM, paid us $250,000, and fortunately the show was a big moneymaker.  I had Lana Turner's old dressing room and Desi was in Clark Gable's....We knew that MGM had a few things lined up for us to promote The Long, Long Trailer, which was having its New York premiere, but mainly our idea was a short vacation from the daily grind.  The trip started one Wednesday night in February 1954...we flew toward New York so fast that I never had time to get my girdle off.  We sat up all night.  The plane's water pipes froze, making it impossible to freshen up before getting off.  We landed at Idlewild at seven a.m. and were flabbergasted to be met by a huge crowd, a host of dignitaries, and a sixteen-piece German marching band.  Desi and I mugged and hugged, then kissed and waved before sashaying down a red carpet stretching from the plane to the terminal....[The morning after the premiere] we learned that The Long, Long Trailer was definitely a hit.  The Radio City Music Hall had enjoyed the biggest Sunday and Washington's Birthday in its entire history, with lines stretching from the theater clear to Fifth Avenue.  Metro booked an additional $1.5 million of showings across the country following the news." [Love Lucy] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reviews "Pleasant vehicle for Lucy and Desi, on honeymoon with cumbersome trailer that creates havoc for the duo. Plenty of slapstick." [Leonard Maltin] "...a wonderfully slaphappy farce..." [Time] "...hilarious..." [Newsweek, Commonwealth and American Magazine] "...[a] very funny movie..." [Saturday Review] "It is an hour and a half of the sort of nonsense you might get in one good, fast Lucy show...the wife is still a nitwit...and the spouse is still a good sport with more patience than passion -- or brains." [The New York Times] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy's Fans Speak "This may be my favorite film of Lucy's, it's definitely my favorite of the three she made with Desi." - Ted Nesi "The Long Long Trailer was a great movie which stared both Lucy and Desi in it. I think it was well-written, and takes place in beautiful Yosemite National Park, and it's the best Lucy/Desi movie I've seen. (Ok, ok, so it's tied with Forever Darling, another Lucy/Desi film)" - Matthew Lewis "The Long, Long Trailer is my favorite movie. Lucy and Desi are just great in it. It's great for any Lucy or Desi fan. Everyone will enjoy this great movie. Worth watching." - Anonymous "I think this was a hiliarous movie. Although the names sounded a little too much like their counterparts in I Love Lucy, it was still a new and exciting adventure." - Jake Frasch "This is my absolute all-time favorite movie. I laugh just thinking about some of the scenes." - Shonna Owens "The best Lucy-Desi movie!!! 4 Stars all the way. GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!!!!!!" - R. Taylor "This is THE BEST Lucy video that I have ever seen. I am so happy that I was able to purchase this video. I watch it all the time!!!!" - Michael Blackford "I think The Long, Long Trailer is the bomb!  It is my favorite movie and Lucy is my favorite actress!  I give it four stars 'cause it has a great plot, cast and is just plain ol' great!" - Amber "I love to watch The Long, Long Trailer...I particularly like the part where [Tracy] is walking through the trailer and then is thrown into the mud." - Jason "The Long, Long Trailer was a wonderful movie....  I bought the movie and I watch it almost every so often.  It's a really great movie." - Ben Lucy movie info #4: Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis "This story is taken from the real-life marriage of two people in the [late] 1960s. Helen North (Lucille Ball) is a widow with eight children who falls in love with Naval officer Frank Beardsley (Henry Fonda), a widower with ten children of his own. The two marry as comedy ensues from the sheer numbers and diverse age groups of the offspring. Narration is used in the first half of the film to help set the stage for the impending nuptials. Van Johnson is the mutual friend who brings the couple together. Tom Bosley plays the harried doctor who makes a house call and finds almost two dozen patients under one roof. The newlyweds are soon off to the hospital when Helen becomes pregnant with the couple's first child in this amusing family comedy." [Pavlides Dan]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast     ACTOR/ACTRESS ROLE Lucille Ball Helen North Beardsley Henry Fonda Frank Beardsley Van Johnson Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison Louise Troy Madeline Love Sidney Millek Dr. Ashford Tom Bosley Family Doctor Nancy Howard Nancy Beardsley Walter Brooke Howard Beardsley Tim Matheson Mike Beardsley Gil Rogers Rusty Nancy Roth Rosemary North Gary Goetzman Greg Beardsley Michele Tobin Veronical Beardsley Tracy Nelson Germaine Beardsley Stephanie Oliver Jean Beardsley Jennifer Leak Colleen North Kevin Burchett Nicky North Kimberly Beck Janette North Mitch Vogel Tommy North Margot Jane Jean North Eric Shea Phillip North Greg Atkins Gerald North Lynnell Atkins Teresa North -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits RUNNING TIME     111m's YEAR OF RELEASE     1968 STUDIOS     United Artists     Desilu COLOR/BW     Color DIRECTOR     Melville Shavelson WRITERS     Mort Lachman     Melville Shavelson     Bob Carroll Jr.     Madelyn Davis CINEMATOGRAPHER     Charles F. Wheeler MUSIC     Fred Karlin FILM EDITING     Stuart Gilmore PRODUCER     Robert F. Blumofe ART DIRECTOR     Arthur Lonergan SET DECORATOR     James Payne  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes In 1961, Lucy remembered Desilu first buying The Beardsley Story (as it was then known) as a Lucy-Desi movie in 1959. In December 1962, Lucy was coming off the heels of her divorce from Desi and the only semi-successful Wildcat.  With her Broadway career aborted, Lucy decided to concentrate on her film career.  She had, after all, only made three films since The Magic Carpet in 1951.  So she decided to come back to Desilu in this family-comedy, then titled Full House.  The film would be written by Lucy scribes Madelyn Pugh Martin and Bob Carroll, Jr. and would concern the true story of the Beardsley family, a widow with eight children who married a widower with ten. Desilu, however, was not in the best of financial conditions at this point and Desi told Lucy the company needed her to return to series television.  And so, The Lucy Show began production in 1962 and was immediatley a major success.  Because of this, however, it was announcd Full House (now titled The Beardsley Story again) would postpone filming until the summer hiatus of 1963.  At this point, no leading man had been chosen, but Lucy said she'd like Jimmy Stewart or Fred MacMurray (My  Three Sons) as her co-star. Production, however, was again postponed indeffinitley when Lucy's 1963 comedy with Bob Hope, Critic's Choice, flopped at the box office.  Instead, Lucy took a Hawaiian vacation during her 1963 summer hiatus. The film hit another bump when Lucy had a falling out with long time writers Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Martin.  She threw out their version of the script and comissioned Leonard Spigelgass (who wrote The Big Street in 1941) to write a new version to begin production in the summer of 1965. In August 1965, Lucy (now President of Desilu) announced plans to launch Desilu "family-type" feature films.  The plan was for fifteen different films to be produced in the next three years, with a budget of $750,000.  The first of these was supposed to be The Beardsley Story, with Jackie Gleason or Art Carney as her co-star.  The film had now been in pre-production since 1961. A little more than a year later, The Beardsley Story finally seemed to be on the right track.  United Artists had recently entered into a deal with producer Robert F. Blumofe to produce feature films, and the company had commited to the financing and distribution of the film.  Lucy now decided she wanted Jackie Gleason, Art Carney or John Wayne to play Mr. Beardsley.  The movie would be filmed by Desilu in the summer of 1967.  All the previous screenplays, Blumofe said, had been too I Love Lucy-ish, so he approached Mickey Rudin and Bernie Weitzman too develop the screenplay into a good movie.  But this too was deemed too similar to Lucy's television work, and so Mel Shavelson, who knew film comedy, was asked to write.  United Artists, however, was growing weary of never having a script, and they told Lucy and Blumofe they had to wave script approval.  Lucy finally agreed. Finally, in summer 1967, Lucy began production on Yours, Mine and Ours.  The film had been called The Beardsley Story, Full House and His, Hers and Theirs but now they had a title, a script and a leading man.  Henry Fonda, who had worked with Lucy on RKO's The Big Street in 1941, called Robert Blumofe from New York, and said he was interested in playing the male lead.  Both the producer and Lucy agreed he would be wonderful in the role, and he was signed.  Mel Shavelson had brought in Bob Hope's top writer, Mort Lachman, and in six weeks the pair had written a screenplay good enough not to need any changes. Lucy, at one point, wanted her children, Lucie and Desi Jr., to act in the film, but Shavelson told her no, because he did not want it to become a family affair. At first, Lucy didn't want to do the famous drunk scene in which Fonda's children spike her drink.  She didn't think she could do it.  But Shavelson told her he thought she could, and she filmed the whole thing in one take, with almost no outside direction. Lucy's age presented a considerable problem for the film's cameraman.  As Mel Shavelson said in Desilu, the 56-year-old Lucy, who was portraying a woman about 40, was not easy to photograph.  "She had a basic lighting problem, and she knew it, and she knew a great deal about her lighting.  You had to frontlight her and photograph her from the front so that the wrinkles did not show.  Lucy's skin had gone to pieces because of the years and years of makeup.  It took not only time to light her, but also care to shoot a scene so that she was not shown from an unflattering angle."  They did a good job, however, because many people later commented they thought the film had been made during her I Love Lucy years.  Lucy did not have any special lighting during the promotional tour for Yours, Mine and Ours and one little girl came up to her and said "Lucy, what happened to your face?"  It hurt Lucy deeply, and she couldn't talk to anyone for the rest of that day. When the film finally opened in 1968, it was a huge critical and box office success.  The film ended up costing only $1,700,000 and it became one of the top-grossing films of the year, and United Artists' highest-grossing film of 1968. An LP soundtrack for Yours, Mine and Ours was released in 1986 by MCA Classics Soundtracks (see picture above). Yours, Mine and Ours is available on videotape from MGM Home Video (#201702).  You can buy the video online from Ted's Lucille Ball Bookstore (in association with  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reviews ".  For once, a wholesome 'family' picture with some intelligent scripting.  ...Lucy's drunk scene is a delight in warm, well-made comedy." [Leonard Maltin] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy's Fans Speak "I've always thought this was one of Lucy's best films.  She and Henry Fonda are wonderful together (as they were in The Big Street) and the children are cute.  The script is great, but not overly cutesy, as some films of this genre are." - Ted Nesi "I love this movie! It is great! Lucy and Henry Fonda were very good in it. This is my [second favorite] Lucy movie. I have this movie on tape and I keep watching it over and over." - Jessica "This movie had been one of my favorite movies for years. I enjoyed watching it often and understood what the actions were produced and shown with funny actions. It was the greatest [film] of the 1960's and Lucy did a great job with her own actions. She was a great actress and I had been a big fan of hers for years." - Vivian Blanco "Yours, Mine, and Ours is one of the best Lucy movies I've seen. The drunk scene (where the children spike her drink), shows off her many acting talents." - Erin "Yours, Mine and Ours was a wonderful movie....I watch it every time its on TV.  Its one of a kind.  I give it four stars." - Ben "Great!" - Anonymous "I think this movie is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.  Lucille Ball surely proves that she is the Queen of Comedy.  I love her." - Adam Wishman Lucy movie info #5: Stone Pillow (1985) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis "[T]he Lucy we see in Stone Pillow is a cranky bag lady, fiercely independent and violently resistant to do-gooders who try to alter her homeless status. Daphne Zuniga plays an idealistic social worker who tries to get Ball off the streets. It is only after watching several of her fellow indigents die where they sleep that Ball agrees to give up her 'stone pillow.'" [Hal Erickson]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast     ACTOR/ACTRESS ROLE Lucille Ball Florebelle Daphne Zuniga Carrie Lang Stephen Lang Tim Susan Batson Ruby Anna Maria Horsford Collins Stefan Schnabel Mr. Berman Rebecca Schull Mrs. Nelson Imogene Bliss Violet Michael Champagne Supermarket Manager Gloria Cromwell Bus Terminal Matron Patrick Kilpatrick Young Thug Matthew Locricchio Tony -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits RUNNING TIME     100m's AIR DATE     November 5, 1985 STUDIOS     Gaylord Productions     Schaefer-Karpf Productions NETWORK     CBS COLOR/B&W     Color DIRECTOR     George Schaefer WRITER     Rose Leiman Goldemberg CINEMATOGRAPHER     Walter Lassally MUSIC     Georges Delerue  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes The Wisconsin State Journal TV-Week had Lucy (as Florabelle) on their cover for the November 3-9, 1985 issue. Stone Pillow was originally supposed to be shot during the winter of 1984/85, in New York City.  Production was delayed, however, after writer Rose Leiman Goldemberg's daughter was killed.  The company couldn't begin shooting due to unfinished work on the script.  The film finally began production in May 1985 -- during a sweltering heat wave.  Lucy lost 23 pounds during production.  She was loaded down with heavy, winter clothing, and had to be hospitalized for dehydreation upon her return to the west coast.  Lucy didn't complain, though: "You just keep going.  You get in there and get it over with.  There's a whole company around, and they're suffering, too.  So you just shut up and do it."  Lucy's health was never the same after the film, though. Stone Pillow was the second-highest-rated TV-movie of the 1985-86 television season.  Critics also enjoyed the film -- or at least Lucy's performance, with some sighting a weak/sentimental script as one of the film's detractors. The high ratings garnered by Stone Pillow led ABC to sign Lucy for a series comeback.  Life with Lucy bombed, and was cancelled after only eight episodes aired early in the 1986-87 season. Although one of Lucy's most requested films, Stone Pillow has never been released on video.  In recent years it has, however, aired on Lifetime.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reviews "Average [TV-movie]....what emerges is merely Lucy in a fright wig with no laugh track. A major disappointment...." [Leonard Maltin] "Damon Runyon warmed over without his bite...Lucille brings home the bacon.  Physically, Ball does superb work as she flails around in the heavy-duty gear she wears.  Tough, gallant, impatient, Florabelle becomes a memorable portrait of pride going after a fall." [Variety] "...a boulder of a show that even Ball cannot keep from rolling downhill." [The Washington Post]  Lucy movie info #6: The Fuller Brush Girl (1950) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis "Scatterbrained Sally Elliott gets a job as a Fuller brush girl and, as expected, her attempts at selling cosmetics door-to-door are disastrous. Things get worse when one of her customers is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect. She and her poor fiancé Humphrey find themselves dodging the police while trying to catch the real killer." [Daniel Bubbeo]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast   ACTOR/ACTRESS ROLE Lucille Ball Sally Elliott Eddie Albert Humphrey Briggs Carl Benton Reid Mr. Christie Gale Robbins Ruby Rawlings Jeff Donnell Jane Bixby Jerome Cowan Harvey Simpson John Litel Mr. Martin Fred Graham Rocky Mitchell Lee Patrick Claire Simpson Arthur Space Inspector Rodgers Barbara Pepper Woman Watching TV Red Skelton Himself -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits RUNNING TIME     85m's YEAR OF RELEASE     1950 ALSO KNOWN AS     The Affairs of Sally STUDIO     Columbia COLOR/B&W     B&W DIRECTOR     Lloyd Bacon WRITERS     Frank Tashlin CINEMATOGRAPHER     Charles Latown Jr. FILM EDITING     William A. Lyon PRODUCER     S. Sylvan Simon  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes In 1949, Lucy had scored a huge success for Columbia in Miss Grant Takes Richmond, and Columbia was eager to get her in another film of the seem genre. The Fuller Brush Girl was a sequel to Red Skelton's 1948 Columbia hit, The Fuller Brush Man.  In fact, Skelton makes a cameo in this comedy. Shooting on The Fuller Brush Girl began in February 1950. Eddie Albert would later gain fame as Mr. Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres, with Eva Gabor.  He also guest-starred in an October 1973 episode of Here's Lucy. Columbia released The Fuller Brush Girl in September 1950 and the film garnered critical raves and big box-office.  But, soon after the release, the film's producer, S. Sylvan Simon, died suddenly, after completing Born Yesterday with Judy Holliday.  Tyrannical Columbia mogul Harry Cohn decided that the success of The Fuller Brush Girl and Miss Grant Takes Richmond were not due to Lucy, but to Simon only.  And with Simon gone, Cohn wanted out of Lucy's expensive contract.  And so, he assigned her to a "grade-C potboiler" -- The Magic Carpet. Gale Robbins (as Ruby Rawlings) performs the song "Put the Blame on Mame" (no relation to Lucy's Mame) in the film. The Fuller Brush Girl is available on home video from Columbia/Tri-Star.  You can buy the video online from Ted's Lucille Ball Bookstore (in association with -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy Says... "When I made The Fuller Brush Girl, however, in March 1950, I began to wonder just how much I wanted to play that Ball role.  We got great reviews and the bits were quite funny, but what I remember this movie for chiefly is the truly terribly migraine headaches I suffered making it.  And no wonder!  In filming all this wild slapstick, I sprained both wrists and displaced six vertebrae, then irritated my sciatic nerve by walking on the outside of my ankles for hours doing a drunk scene.  I also suffered a two-day paralysis of the eyeball when talcum powder was accidentally blown into my eye by a wind machine.  A three-day dunking in a wine vat gave me a severe cold, and I also was bruised by several tons of coffee beans.  At any rate, at five o'clock on the last day of shooting, I was climbing into my car to drive directly home to bed, when I remembered I had promised to pose for publicity shots for the local tuberculosis society. So I drove to Hollywood and Vine.  Coughing and sneezing, I stood in front of the free chest X-ray machine they had set up there.  The technician developed the film in a couple of seconds.  'Pardon me, Miss Ball,' he gasped, 'but this X ray shows that you have some kind of pneumonia.' 'I do?' I said.  'I thought I just had a cold.'  I drove right to the hospital and spent the next nine days in the thermostatic pneumonia wagon." [Love, Lucy]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reviews ".  Low-grade slapstick with energetic Lucy as door-to-door salesgirl...." [Leonard Maltin] "[Lucy is] a wide-eyed beauty with buoyant charm...[she] puts over her comedy with perfect timing." [The Hollywood Reporter] "...a rollicking, slam-bang, slapstick comedy with Lucille Ball at her best." [Variety]  Lucy movie info #7: Critic's Choice (1963) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis "Parker Ballantine (Bob Hope), a stubborn New York drama critic, arrives drunk at the Broadway opening of the first play written by his wife, Angela (Lucille [Ball]).  Parker's unflattering review results in an unhappy Ballantine household." [For the Love of Lucy]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast     ACTOR/ACTRESS ROLE Lucille Ball Angela Ballantine Bob Hope Parker Ballantine Marilyn Maxwell Ivy London Rip Torn Dion Kapakos Jessie Royce Landis Charlotte Orr John Dehner S.P. Champlain Jim Backus Dr. William Von Hagedorn Ricky Kelman John Ballantine Dorothy Green Mrs. Champlain Marie Windsor Sally Orr Richard Deacon Harvey Rittenhouse -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits RUNNING TIME     100m's YEAR OF RELEASE     1963 STUDIO     Warner Bros. COLOR/BW     Color DIRECTOR     Don Weis WRITERS     Ira Levin (play)     Jack Sher CINEMATOGRAPHER     Charles Lang MUSIC     George Duning FILM EDITING     William H. Ziegler PRODUCERS     Frank P. Rosenberg ART DIRECTOR     Edward Carrere  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes Lucy had discovered the property Critic's Choice by Christmas 1961, and immediatley thought it would make a movie hit. On Broadway, Critic's Choice had been a moderate success.  Coincidentally, it opened the same week as Lucy's moderatley successful musical Wildcat. The film began shooting in March. This was the fourth screen teaming of Lucille Ball and Bob Hope.  They had also worked together on television throughout the '50s and early '60s. Both Bob and Lucy later remembered this film as one of their least favorite movies. Critic's Choice was released in April 1963, and was a critical and box-office flop. Critic's Choice is available on videotape from Warner/Lorimar/Canon Video.  You can buy the video online from Ted's Lucille Ball Bookstore (in association with -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reviews "1/2.  An in-joke Broadway play diluted for movie audience consumption....Film emerges as tired, predictable comedy, with best moments contributed by supporting players." [Leonard Maltin]  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucy's Fans Speak "This film has it's moments, but it's not Lucy's best ever.  Deffinitley not her best work with Hope." - Ted Nesi]

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