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In answer to countless requests from I Love Lucy fans around the world, Bart Andrews has revised, updated, and expanded his classic book on TV's most beloved series.

B & W photographs throughout.

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In answer to countless requests from "I Love Lucy fans around the world, Bart Andrews has revised, updated, and expanded his classic book on TV's most beloved series.
B & W photographs throughout.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books; Revised, Expanded, and Updated ed. edition (September 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385190336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385190336
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Movahedpour on November 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Many books have been written on the 'I Love Lucy' series, but this one stands the test of time as the best ever. Originally published about 20 years ago, under the title 'Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel' it was revamped after the death of Lucille Ball and updated into this volume. Bart Andrews had access to everyone who had anything to do with the series, including Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz, and Lucille Ball. His research is exhaustive, and the book is richly detailed in behind the scenes looks at the making of the series.
This is not a biography of the people, but the story of the series. There are small biographical sketches of the stars, but here you see how the series came to fruition, and the incredible talent and foresight of Desi Arnaz inventing the three-camera method. You also find out the gossip of who didn't get along, the perfectionism, and the comraderie.
The icing on the cake are detailed descriptions of each and every episode, including air dates, music, and guest stars. Each season is covered in detail. Every 'I Love Lucy' fan should have this on their bookshelves.
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This book covers each & every episode of I Love Lucy, ones we've all seen zillions of times but still laugh at whenever we tune in. How well I remember on sick days off from work, I'd just prop myself on the couch with a blanket & mug of tea & tune in about 9am for back to back episodes. Whether watching Lucy take Vitametavegamin, baking a huge loaf of bread, getting locked in the meat freezer or just plain trying to get into showbiz, there's plenty of laughs galore from the funniest woman on TV. This book takes you back to those times & there's plenty of tidbits about guest stars, writers & others who played a part in the show. Highly recommended for all fans of Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel.
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I recently bought Bart Andrews revised, and updated version of Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel. The "I Love Lucy" Book is the definitive tome on the history of THE Classic T.V. show of all time. Mr. Andrews inside information and wonderful stories and anecdotes from head writer Jess Oppenheimer, to Lou Jacobi, the janitor, make this book a must read for all "Lucy" fans. I wore out my original copy and had to buy a new one. Thanks Bart for updating. It's a winner. I Love It as much as I Love Lucy.
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By A Customer on November 21, 1998
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I've been an I Love Lucy lover all my life and, when it comes to my Lucy obsession, this book is my bible. Both the narrative, which describes the genesis, heyday, and denoument of the show, and the individual episode synopses are outstanding. My copy is well-worn. Highly recommended.
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This was the first book ever written on the classic I LOVE LUCY series (possibly the first book ever written about a single television series) and it's still the best. I am currently on my second copy of it, my old paperback now replaced by the latest updated version. Stands up beautifully a quarter of a century after it was written. It's not a gossip fest or a academic study, just a straight-forward and detailed look at America's most beloved tv show and certainly it's most gifted television star. Way to go Bart!
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THE "I LOVE LUCY" BOOK by Bart Andrews is a wonderful resource for fans of the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz television show.

It gives you an insider's view into how much effort it took to get the show off the ground and how some of the more popular episodes like "Job Switching," where Lucy and Ethel work in a candy factory, and "Lucy Does A TV Commercial," Lucy hawks Vitameatavegamin, among others, came about. The book also discusses the people behind-the-scenes like costume designer Elois Jenssen, director of photographer Karl Freund, and head writers Jess Oppenheimer (also producer), Madelyn Pugh, and Bob Carroll, Jr., and introduces the reader to other cast members who would appear throughout the show's run--including some extras. And it gives you a brief background of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's career and how they met, as well as the other two actors who made the series the perfect combination: William Frawley and Vivian Vance who played the Ricardo's best friends and side-kicks "Fred and Ethel Mertz."

Black and white photographs of behind the scenes, award ceremonies, and episodes appear throughout the book. And if that weren't enough, Andrews includes an episode guide complete with title, cast, film and air date information, synopsis, and side-note trivia for that particular show, broken down by season, and also includes I Love Lucy - The Complete Seasons 7-9 (the hour long shows retitled "The Lucy & Desi Comedy Hour") at the end. This is not a big deal in the present day because you can get the information on IMDb or on the
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To use the word "definitive" implies that comparisons have been made. Inasmuch as this reviewer has only read a handful of works on the landmark television show, this book in question stands as the one that can be recommended for its detail to the persons responsible for making "I Love Lucy" an institution. The actors, the writers, the stories, the scoring and all other areas that went into the production of this classic show are here. Chopped full of photos and accompanying text, the book should be a part of everyone that has fond memory of the adventures of the Ricardos and the Mertzes. The book even chronicles life for the principals after "Lucy." It is a classy volume for the show that set the stage for all television comedies that succeeded it.
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