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Happy Anniversary & Goodbye & What Now Catherine (2010)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00443FN1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,604 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Following the long-running success of her Here's Lucy series, the inimitable Lucille Ball returned to television with a series of special programs, pairing her with other legendary performers. Happy Anniversary & Goodbye As her 25th anniversary approaches, Norma Michaels realizes that her marriage to her dentist husband Malcolm has become boring. Seeking independence, Norma turns to her friend Fay while Malcolm receives advice from his swinging associate Greg. What Now, Catherine Curtis? Following twenty years of marriage to a philandering husband, divorcee Catherine Curtis begins life anew as a single woman. After struggling to be alone, Catherine finds romance with a sympathetic handyman and then meets a much younger love interest.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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MPI is releasing another 2 of The Lucille Ball Television Specials on one dvd! This time they have put both Happy Anniversary and Goodbye and What Now Catherine Curtis? on one disc. These one hour Specials both featured the great Art Carney (from The Honeymooners) with Lucy.

Happy Anniversary And Goodbye directly followed the last episode of Season 6 of Here's Lucy, airing on November 10, 1974. Lucy was paired with Art Carney again, as they had previously played a married couple in the great 1967 Walter Matthau/ Inger Stevens comedy, A Guide For The Married Man. Lucy and Art play Malcolm and Norma Michaels who are celebrating their 25 year Wedding Anniversary, and at the same time are losing their only daughter who is getting married. When their daughter marries, they see each other alone for the first time in decades and realize they are very unhappy with what they see and decide to separate. After living apart for awhile, they realize just how much love there actually was between just the two of them. This is just a beautifully acted special and is very touching. Lucy played comedy/drama just as well as comedy. (If you've ever seen Stone Pillow or any of her earlier drama films, you'll know what I mean.) Nanette Fabray does a wonderful job playing Lucy's friend and Peter Marshall is also great as Art Carney's friend, both of whom try and help them get through their separation from each other. You will also see a very young Arnold Schwarzenegger making his American television debut as Rico, the muscled masseur.

The second special What Now Catherine Curtis?, is divided into 3 Acts. This Special aired on March 30, 1976. The first Act is a Monologue with just Lucy speaking of her life on being divorced after 23 years of marriage.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Excellent Specials October 1, 2010
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"Happy Anniversary & Goodbye" and "What Now, Catherine Curtis?" are two of the best specials that Lucille Ball starred in. "Happy Anniversary & Goodbye" aired in November of 1974 on a Tuesday night at 9:00 pm. The ratings were excellent. It received a 27.9 rating and 42% share of the viewing audience and placed 4th in the weekly ratings. The special can be more classified as a comedy/drama. Lucy and Art Carney are both excellent. "What Now, Catherine Cautis?" aired in 1976, again, on a Tueday night at 10:00 pm. It received a 22.6 rating and 36% share of the viewing audience and place 16th in the ratings. Both specials won their time periods. Catherine Curtis consisted of three short episodes and Lucille Ball was excellent in all three. She was definitely overlooked for an Emmy Award. I applaud MPI for releasing these specials in addition to the season sets of "Here's Lucy." "Here's Lucy" season 4 will see a release in early 2011. MPI has done an excellent job and should be applauded. I would suggest that everyone order these special specials.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of the best Lucy specials May 31, 2011
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MPI is continuing to thrill Lucy fans by bringing these great Lucille Ball specials to us looking great and continuing to provide the full history of all the magic Lucy brought throughout her whole career. These two specials are two of the very best. We all know that after HERE'S LUCY ended Lucy did these specials for years. Many had her continuing with the basic synopsis of Lucy the hilarious redhead getting into all her fun trouble and situations. These two are very different and introduced a brand new side of Lucy to her fans and all other television viewers alike. She sunk her teeth into these specials and let other sides of her immense talent show.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY & GOODBYE is indeed a comedy but it is in no way the light hearted comedic fun of a Lucy show. This is mature adult comedy. Lucille plays a woman who is having a crisis in her marriage. Art Carney plays her husband and both are excellent playing a couple who have both let themselves go and taken each other for granted. They separate and both try to move on without the other. It is amazing to see Lucy deal with a male masseur and also try to deal with a date that goes a little further than she expected. Who would ever imagine Lucy on a date and in a hotel room with a man who wants to sleep with her. Well this is another side of Lucy's comedic abilities and she brings huge emotion and passion to this newfound level of comedy. This is adult comedy and she is entirely believable as she becomes this lost woman on a journey of self discovery. Her trademark red hair doesn't even appear till the final make-over.

Then we have WHAT NOW CATHARINE CURTIS. She is a woman on a journey of self discovery here as well but this special is very different from the first.
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What a treat to finally see these lost gems. Happy Anniversary & Goodbye is your standard Lucy fare staring Art Carney. Funny and predictable is how I would rate it. The real gem of this set turns out to be What Now Catherine Curtis. Lucy gives one of the most moving and powerful performances of her career.The first 20 minutes is Lucy doing a monologue that is riveting and holds your attention. Her acting shines from beginning to end. If you are a Lucy fan you would not want to miss What Now Catherine Curtis!
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