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I LOVE LUCY, LOVERS

Postby mrsl » December 28th, 2008, 12:05 pm

I'm repeating this on the TV and General media thread also so hopefully everyone will see it.

The Hallmark Channel is having an I Love Lucy marathon on Friday, January 2, 2009, so you might want to make arrangements to make copies or get them made for you.

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Re: I LOVE LUCY, LOVERS

Postby Ollie » March 23rd, 2009, 4:25 pm

Last week, TCM showed me Lucy and Franchot Tone's HER HUSBAND'S AFFAIRS (1947) and I kept bouncing from, "This is a very different role for her" to "This is exactly the same role for her". Every time Franchot's husband would apparently screw something up, Lucy's wifely smarts straightened things out properly.

And at the same time usually opposite of Franchot's intentional screw-ups, always to his chagrin. I really enjoyed this film for the Sit-Com-ish elements to it - I kept thinking, "Wow, this is so different. Oh wait, no it's not. Yes it is. No it's not. Tastes great. Less filling..."

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Re: I LOVE LUCY, LOVERS

Postby ken123 » November 23rd, 2009, 5:48 pm

Years ago I read somewhere that William Frawley ( (aka Fred Mertz ) had written into his contract that if the Yankees made it to the World Series Mr Frawley would be given a two week vacation from the show in order to watch Casey's Bronx Bombers. There is even a Lucy episode where Fred is seen reading The Sporting News - The bible of baseball. IMHO today TSN stinks. I was a subscriber fow over 40 years. :)

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Re: I LOVE LUCY, LOVERS

Postby movieman1957 » May 17th, 2015, 7:44 pm

Tonight CBS showed two Lucy episodes. On the one hand, how nice that they chose to show a 60 year old TV show in prime time. On the other, too bad they felt the need to colorize it. It actually looked fairly good but I would hope that if they do them again they leave them as they were meant to be - in black and white.
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Re: I LOVE LUCY, LOVERS

Postby Rita Hayworth » May 18th, 2015, 1:08 am

I clearly enjoyed watching the colorized episodes of I LOVE LUCY tonight and it's was a treat seeing them again. I loved it in Color and makes it even more enjoyable. I love the William Holden and George Reeves/Superman twosome tonight and it was a treat for my eyes.

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Postby knitwit45 » May 18th, 2015, 6:45 pm

Just read that Vivian Vance and William Frawley detested one another, and when he died, she was quoted as saying "Champagne for everyone!" Gulp...... :shock: :shock: :shock: (this was found on one of those Facebook things, couples who hated one another....since it was probably written by The National Enquirer, who knows??)
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Re: I LOVE LUCY, LOVERS

Postby movieman1957 » May 19th, 2015, 7:30 am

I heard about the two of them years ago. Don't know about the quote. I will give them credit because I would have never guessed there was a problem. They must have been paid well as they both stuck it out.
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Postby moira finnie » May 28th, 2015, 2:26 pm

I think that CBS colorized those episodes just to get a youthful audience to take a look at something they normally whiz by on cable quickly with their remotes. I realize that the talented people who made these shows--including cinematographer Karl Freund, one of the greats--might have qualms about this event, but if it entices youngsters to look at something with real value, why not? The shows weren't made to be artistic treasures, but as commercial entertainment and this colorization might make them viable again for a broader market in the 21st century.

I have also heard that Vivian Vance and William Frawley were not fond of one another, but never read that champagne greeted his demise at Ms. Vance's household. To be honest, one of the things that has preventing from "loving" I Love Lucy is the sharp disdain both men and women show for one another in their constant seesaw of power in the household--but that conflict is as old as mankind, I guess, or at least as ancient as Punch and Judy.

I believe that it has been widely reported that William Frawley had a serious drinking problem that almost eliminated him from his iconic role, but that he tried his best to control it while working on the I Love Lucy show. I wonder if Vivian Vance, who had been quite a glamorous stage actress at one time, found it difficult to play a supporting role--and one that required her to be rather dowdy on top of things. I found the "champagne for everyone" repeated on this site's take on Fred aka Bill Frawley. He sounds like a lonely old guy and a touchy Irishman to boot, but he always made me glad to see him in any movie or show:

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