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The Lucy & Desi Collection (Too Many Girls / The Long Long Trailer / Forever, Darling) (2006)

Lucille Ball , Desi Arnaz  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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The Lucy & Desi Collection (Too Many Girls / The Long Long Trailer / Forever, Darling) + Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie + Lucy's Really Lost Moments - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!
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Product Details

  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHQU0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lucy & Desi Collection (Too Many Girls / The Long Long Trailer / Forever, Darling)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Too Many Girls (1940)
  • Vintage musical short "Frances Carroll and the Coquettes"
  • Classic cartoon "Shop, Look and Listen"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 1.33 aspect ratio, English mono
  • The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
  • Vintage Pete Smith Specialty short "Ain't It Aggravatin'?"
  • 1954 MGM cartoon "Dixieland Droopy"
  • 1.33 aspect ratio, English and French mono
  • Forever, Darling (1955)
  • Behind-the-scenes segment from the MGM Parade TV series, episode 22
  • 1.85 anamorphic widescreen, English mono

Editorial Reviews

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Besides making television history as the producers and stars of television's immensely popular I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, starred in three quite agreeable feature films. The Lucy & Desi Collection includes the trio, all in excellent shape, plus a handful of nifty special features of archival interest. Many fans of Arnaz and Ball have probably seen one or both of the movies the duo made in the 1950s, at the height of their TV success: the 1954 The Long, Long Trailer and Forever Darling. Each is a comically cautionary tale about the dangers to marriage from misunderstandings, miscommunication, and differing goals. But the real find in this box set is the 1940 Too Many Girls, an energetic, Rodgers and Hart musical--direct from Broadway, with three original cast members (Arnaz, Eddie Bracken, and Van Johnson) making their movie debuts--in which Arnaz and Ball actually met.

Too Many Girls stars Arnaz as a South American athlete tapped by Princeton's football team to join its squad. The one condition is that he remain undercover until the season begins, forcing him to forgo women. Half-mad from deprivation, he shrugs off Princeton's heavy hand and agrees to join three football buddies hired to secretly chaperone a wealthy man's willful daughter (Ball) to a small, co-ed college in New Mexico. There the boys join the school's football team and immediately make it a success; of course, they also pitch woo to some comely young ladies. The Rodgers and Hart score is enjoyable, with a couple of minor classics ("You're Nearer" and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was"). The best moment, however, is Arnaz and Ball's very first scene together in what would become a historical partnership: Arnaz fainting at the sight of Ball, the first girl he's seen in months.

The Long, Long Trailer, in gorgeous Technicolor and directed by Vincente Minnelli, is a somewhat allegorical tale of a newly married couple who invest in a 40-foot trailer as their first home--and immediately regret it. Well, at least Arnaz's character does; he's the one who has anxiety attacks over operating electric brakes while steering up and down one-lane, mountain roads. Sight gags are plentiful: a scene in which Ball tries to make beef stew, a Caesar salad, and cake in a wobbling, moving trailer is classic Lucy. But there are some genuine dramatic sequences in this handsome movie, too, and the stars rise to the occasion. Forever Darling concerns the marriage of a sensible if visionary chemist, Lorenzo (Arnaz), and a high society gal, Susan (Ball). The latter can't decide if she should concentrate on entertaining friends and keeping up appearances or joining her husband on a two-year field test of his bug-killing spray. James Mason stars as a handsome guardian angel attempting to steer Susan toward happiness. But along the path toward resolution, lots of mayhem ensues. A lengthy camping scene full of disaster will delight I Love Lucy fans. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

3-Disc DVD Collection from The First Couple of Comedy! Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz star in the only movies they made together - Forever, Darling, The Long, Long Trailer, and Too Many Girls. Forever Darling and The Long Long Trailer are available individually, while Too Many Girls is exclusive to the box set.

Customer Reviews

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUCY AND DESI FANS REJOICE! April 27, 2006
By Eric
Format:DVD
At last! Aside from the fact that I do, along with the rest of the world, love Lucy...to have these three films finally arrive on DVD is a dream come true.

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER is truly one of the great screen comedies of all time, and although Lucy & Desi play characters named "Tacy and Nicky", they run pretty close to the Ricardos in many ways. The film gives both beloved performers many chances for their signature slapstick, but being based on a best-selling book, there are also touching moments that remain poignant. Deftly directed by Vincente Minnelli, it's no wonder, TRAILER was a box office smash.

FOREVER DARLING is a delightful collection with a bit of a twist, and the added bonus of James Mason as Lucy & Desi's guardian angel.....Last, but certainly not least, we get something special. TOO MANY GIRLS is the movie where Lucy met Desi and the pair fell in love. They don't have many scenes together, but it's a superb screen version of the Rodgers & Hart Broadway show that made Desi Arnaz a star, and Lucy, Ann Miller, Eddie Bracken and the rest of the cast make this a must-have for fans of classic film.

Cheers to Warner Brothers for bringing out this great collection of the only 3 movies our Lucy & Desi made together, and at such a low price, you can't pass it up!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get no better than this! June 14, 2007
Format:DVD
I originally bought this 3 DVD pack for 'The Long Long Trailer' as that was my favorite Lucy and Desi movie but then after I sat down and watched the other 2 films that you get with this I must say they are not as great but are fun to watch as well. It's well worth the price to pay for this boxset. 'Forever Darling' is the only movie which is in widescreen format the other 2 are in the original theatrical format of fullscreen. I do not like Fullscreen as I despise it but when I found out that the other 2 films were made in that resolution I didn't mind at all. So if you are doubting the fact to buy this or not do not pass it up. These are the only movies Lucy and Desi ever made together and its well worth buying it to own and watch over and over again for a laugh.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO I LOVE LUCY? July 10, 2006
By Pete
Format:DVD
There are people who like Lucy. But I am one of many that truly truly LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE LUCY. I remember Monday nights waiting for Lucy to come on television. I thought then and still to this day think she is the funniest and most brilliant comedian. The title THE QUEEN OF COMEDY could not fit anyone but her. I remember when the LONG LONG TRAILER came to my neighborhood in Ozone Park, Queens NY. To see my favorite comedian in color and for well over an hour was a memorable experience for me. Lucy was my first true love. Through the years I have watched the I Love Lucy reruns over and over and over. Each time I see them I laugh like it's the first time. Through the years I ordered the Columbia House I love Lucy VHS tapes, copied most of them off the TV and then finally ordered the complete I LOVE LUCY collection on DVD. Bought the VHS version of THE LONG LONG TRAILER. Imagine how excited I was when I found out that it was going to be released on DVD. I ordered the 3 DVD set immediately. Ah it was like Christmas in July when it finally came. Only one other person, a dear friend of mine loves Lucy as much as I do. We talk Lucy all the time, compare notes and try to stump the other with trivia questions. I know more than my friend does but we still have fun. So would I recommend the 3 DVD set? It's priceless and a must for anyone who even remotely likes Lucille Ball. I cannot wait for the release of Mame.

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Peter Montana
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on the laptop, not so great on the dvd player April 22, 2007
By L. Yi
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The movies are great, but they don't play well in the DVD player... they're fine on my laptop, though~ so I guess it's not horrible. I still thoroughly enjoyed them all. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucy & Desi's adventures on the big screen June 30, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Before their sojourn as America's premier television comedy couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez were, respectively, a studio contract player and a Latin band leader. Taking these two identities into consideration, their first appearance together (though not as a couple) was in the George Abbot-directed film version of the Rodgers-and-Hart Broadway hit "Too Many Girls". This film is a fascinating relic of another era: it shows the energetic production numbers which were the hallmark of Abbott's Broadway career. It also shows the rushing and cutting which were par for the course when a Broadway show was remounted in Hollywood. "Too Many Girls" may not be a great Hollywood classic, but it's still worthwhile for anyone interested in getting a glimpse of what a Broadway hit was like in the immediate pre-war period. It's also a glimpse at the slightly tacky production values offered by RKO in its musicals.

Both "The Long Long Trailer" and "Forever Darling" were films made to cash in on the "I Love Lucy" phenomenon. "The Long Long Trailer" is often sharp in its satire, as a couple tries to negotiate a honeymoon in a pre-fab trailer, traversing an America of unexpected aggressions. Vincente Minnelli directed, so the movie is actually very smooth. The same cannot be said of "Forever Darling", though here, the director Alexander Hall was obviously recruited because of his "light touch" with the supernatural, as in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"; here, the comedy is mostly leaden, and tensions in the Ball-Arnez marriage aren't even a subtext, those tensions are right on the surface. And poor James Mason: he's so obviously disconcerted to be in the midst of this morass!

But this is a fascinating collection, and recommended for a lot of reasons beyond the sight of one of the most renowned comedy couples at different stages in their careers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars lucy
I love lucy I grew up with her and her shows and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to laugh
Published 20 days ago by nelly123
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
This Lucy & Desi Collection is definitely a must have for all Lucy & Desi fans.
Great price for 3 great movies.
Published 2 months ago by R. Houston
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lucy
Purchased this before found complete collection so have both.
I would get the complete collection unless you are to young to remember
Lucy then this set is a good start.
Published 3 months ago by Laura in Alaska
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Lucille Ball
I love Lucille Ball and this movie was great. I only gave four stars because it just seemed to end. They were telling the story so slowly and then it abruptly ended. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ANGELA M BARBER
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Love Ricky and Lucy
Another chance to see them in a movie role, a little different from their TV personas! Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Love to watch it over and over!
Published 3 months ago by paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I really love Lucille Ball. This is such a funny collection of movies. It made me laugh so hard. watch it.
Published 6 months ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long, Long, Trailer
I have seen the movie at least a dozen times and I find it funnier each time I watch it. I can see why it was the number one comedy seen up to that point. :)
Published 7 months ago by Wayne Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars forever darling
Are favorite married Tv could. Do a good film I recommend for all ages. He wants to take her to Africa for pesticide.to kill mosquitoes. With her help some of it funny works.
Published 7 months ago by beth holman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
My wife's favorite movie is the long long trailer. I think the movie is good also. The other movie was good also. Cheap price, quality DVDs, no problems. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KarlitosWay
5.0 out of 5 stars great movies
I love Lucy and Desi and their movies where the best. This brought me back to a happy time in my life and had me smiling for hours after.
Published 10 months ago by Dallas B
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