Showing posts with label I Love Lucy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I Love Lucy. Show all posts

Retro RePost: I Love Lucy Meets Santa Claus!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Here's another rerun to help you better enjoy the Christmas season!  I'm feeling very nostalgic this year, so why not go waaaay back to the 1950s when Santa Claus appeared on I Love Lucy?  

Since I Love Lucy is one of my top 5 favorite shows of all time, I really enjoyed writing this article.  It appeared both here and on "The Retro Network," so you know I'm very proud of it.  If you read it already, give it another whirl, if you missed it, I think you'll really like it!  

The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Thursday, April 1, 2021

I've written a few times before about my love for the classic sitcom "I Love Lucy."  Growing up, my Dad introduced me to the show during the early years of Nick-at-Nite.  As I consider them, the "Golden Years" of Nick-at-Nite, "I Love Lucy" was a staple on the network.  The Block Party Summer's "Lucy Tuesday's" and the frequent "Whole Lotta Lucy" marathons during the year were integral to building my love for the show.

I had a pretty early bedtime when I was young, and even though in the summer my bedtime would be quite a bit later, I'd usually only get to see the first episode at 9PM, or if I was lucky, the 9:30 episode.  My Dad would record them on VHS for me, and I'd watch them the next morning before starting my day of summer-time fun.  

I was, and still am, a fan of sappy series finale episodes.  As a kid, I specifically remember seeing the Happy Days finale on a Saturday afternoon rerun.  After all of the storylines were wrapped up and the episode was over, the actors came back on-screen (out of character) and said thank you and goodbye.  It was sometime around 1993, and here I am, about 9 years old, upset that a show that ended 20 years prior was over.  What can I say?  I'm an old soul with a sensitive side that likes when things get a proper ending.

Knowing this, you can see why I was confused when "I Love Lucy's" final episode didn't say goodbye.  There was no mention that it was the end, nor did they conclude any storylines.  It ended just like any regular old episode.  Lucille Ball did include her two real-life children in the background as her own sort of goodbye, but I didn't know that at the time.

Then, in 1994, Nick at Nite started running something called the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" along with regular "I Love Lucy" episodes.  At first, I thought this was just another programming block like the "Whole Lotta Lucy" marathon, but it would only be an hour marathon instead of all night.  That night, Dad and I sat down to watch the first episode together.  He knew what we were about to watch, and I guess since he never explained it to me, he figured I knew what it was too.  

I was amazed to find out it wasn't an hour of "I Love Lucy" but a continuation of the story of the Ricardos and Mertzes living in Westport, Connecticut.  Except, it seemed like they were hardly ever there.  They were always taking a trip somewhere, like Las Vegas or Alaska.  

Which, honestly, suits me just fine.  As I've mentioned before in other articles, I have real wanderlust and enjoy a good "vacation" story.  The Hollywood episodes of "I Love Lucy" were always my favorite, so why would a trip to Havana, Mexico, or Japan be any different?

So, what exactly WAS the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," you ask?

Long story short, it was a collection of 13 one-hour-long "specials" that aired between 1957 and 1960.  The show is considered a follow-up to "I Love Lucy" and featured the same cast of characters:  Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Fred and Ethel Mertz, and Little Ricky.  

Confusingly, the show was original billed as the "Ford Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show," and then the "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Presents The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show."  I much prefer the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour moniker that was used for syndication purposes.

You regular readers of this site know that try as I might, I can't just leave you with "long story short."  

So, what really happened?

Really Retro Movie Review: 1954's "The Long, Long Trailer"

Monday, March 22, 2021

To me, "The Long, Long Trailer" is such a great film. Perhaps you have to tow a travel trailer across the country with your significant other to truly understand the emotions in this film, but, seeing how I loved this movie as a child nearly 30 years before I ever towed our trailer clear across America, I'd say it does a great job of conveying those emotions to the uninitiated viewer.

I've always been a fan of trailers and motorhomes. Even as a young kid, while some kids were into race cars or rocket ships, I was into airplanes and RV's. There's just something about a self-contained mobile unit that excites, and oddly, comforts me.  It's likely why every storyline I made up with my action figures included them having an "escape-mobile" where they could all pile in with the supplies needed to make a safe yet comfortable getaway. 

I first learned of "The Long, Long Trailer" when I was around 7 or 8 years old. My Uncle knew I loved RV's as well as watching "I Love Lucy" with Dad in the evenings on Nick-at-Nite.  Being a classic TV and film buff with a fairly extensive collection, he loaned me his VHS copy of "The Long, Long Trailer." 

I remember asking, "So, it's Lucy and Ricky in an RV?" His reply was, "Sort of.  It's Tacy and Nicky towing an RV. It's a completely separate movie with the actors who play Lucy and Ricky playing other people."  

Confused, because I thought Lucy and Ricky WERE Lucy and Ricky, I popped the tape into the VCR when he went home. 

I was instantly mesmerized. 

Retro RePost: Santa Claus, Christmas, and I Love Lucy

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Here's another rerun to help you better enjoy the Christmas season!  I'm feeling very nostalgic this year, so why not go waaaay back to the 1950s when Santa Claus appeared on I Love Lucy?  

Since I Love Lucy is one of my top 5 favorite shows of all time, I really enjoyed writing this article last year.  It appeared both here and on "The Retro Network" so you know I'm very proud of it and think you'll enjoy it too if you missed it last year!

Click above to enjoy some retro goodness and get yourself even deeper into the Christmas spirit!


Retro Card Pack: I Love Lucy

Friday, April 17, 2020

I've mentioned before that I grew up a giant I Love Lucy fan, thanks to my Dad and Nick-At-Nite.  In fact, I'd consider it safely in my top 3 favorite shows of all time.  I was excited to get this old wax pack in the mail from Edward Bay and soak in it's Lucy glorious-ness.  Boy, was I not disappointed!  I was surprised, though, that this pack of cards was made in 1991 and not earlier.   Could this be because about the same time I, and many other children, were finding Lucy and the gang on Nick-at-Nite for the first time?  Probably!

I love these cards for many reasons.  One of them is the depiction on the wrapper and back of the cards of the 4 in Season 4, Episode 12 "California, Here We Come."  The California road trip and Hollywood episodes are my absolute favorites, and seeing this artwork reminds me of them setting out on their grand adventure.

Santa Claus, Christmas, and I Love Lucy

Monday, December 16, 2019

This blog may often be about 80's and 90's nostalgia... But for this one we're going WAY back.  Way back into YesterYear to 1956!

I grew up watching I Love Lucy reruns on Nick-at-Nite with my Dad.  We'd sit and laugh together late into the night during summers when I was a kid.  When the Season 4 episodes centering around their road trip to California for and Hollywood came on, something struck a chord with my wanderlust bone and my love for old Hollywood that made me fall in love with that redhead and her hijinks.  I love 'Lucy' so much so that my wife and I have made 2 trips to Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York to visit the Lucy-Desi Museum.  There they have props and wardrobe from the show along with restorations of not just the set for their home in the Mertzes New York apartment building but the California hotel room set from the fictional Beverly Palms Hotel that I loved so much as a child.