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I Love Lucy - The Complete Fifth Season (1951)

Lucille Ball , Desi Arnaz , James V. Kern  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Gordon B. Clarke
  • Directors: James V. Kern
  • Writers: Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carroll Jr., Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Madelyn Davis
  • Producers: Desi Arnaz, Jess Oppenheimer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 680 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UC7OI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Love Lucy - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Flubs and Lost Scenes
  • "Behind-the-Scenes" featurette
  • Script Excerpts
  • Promotional Spots
  • Five Complete Episodes of Lucy’s Radio Show: My Favorite Husband
  • Original Series Openings
  • Production Notes
  • Guest Cast Information

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I Love Lucy: The Complete Fifth Season finds Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) making an international mess out of husband Ricky's globe-trotting tour as an entertainer. Beginning with "Lucy Visits Grauman's" and "Lucy and John Wayne," the impulsive redhead risks Ricky's sanity in Hollywood by stealing a cement slab, from the famous entrance to Grauman's Chinese Theater, that contains the imprint of John Wayne's footprints and signature. In the tradition of superstars playing themselves on I Love Lucy, an exasperated (and very funny) Wayne gets into the act over and over and over again, making new imprints on multiple slabs because Lucy keeps messing up the results. After more shenanigans in Los Angeles (Lucy attends a ritzy party with a dummy substituting for her unavailable husband) and a disastrous train ride home, it's time to jeopardize Ricky's success during an interview show that ends disastrously.

Lucy's fifth season travel theme continues when Ricky and his band are booked on a European tour that does not include his wife or the Mertzes. Of course, that doesn't stop the determined Lucy (or Ethel), who schemes her way into Ricky's plans, only to have a number of snafus arise as she tries to leave the country. In the I Love Lucy tradition, entire episodes are written around such simple matters as trying to get a passport, or helping with Fred's fear of getting seasick while traveling. All this show's stars really need is a ridiculous, open-ended situation to exploit, and the comedy flows from there. "Bon Voyage" is a particularly funny episode in which Lucy gets left behind by the European-bound ship carrying Ricky and the others, and she has to find a way to get back aboard. The hilarious "Lucy and the Queen" finds her angling in London for a way to meet the Royal Family after Ricky is invited to say hello at the Palladium. From there, Lucy creates chaos in Scotland (this episode includes a memorable dream sequence in which Ricky appears as Scotty MacTavish MacDougal MacCardo), Paris (where she and Ethel plot to meet guest star and good sport Charles Boyer at an outdoor café), Rome (the outstanding "Lucy's Italian Movie" finds her dispatched to a vineyard, where she has to crush grapes--brilliantly--with her feet). Lots of special features, including a behind-the-scenes peek and bloopers. --Tom Keogh

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It’s I Love Lucy’s fifth hilarious season, as Lucy manages to find trouble in Hollywood, Manhattan, Paris, London, Rome, and everywhere in between. Before leaving Tinseltown, Lucy bags the ultimate souvenir—John Wayne’s cement footprints from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre! Then, on board the train back to New York, Lucy can’t resist adding a few unscheduled stops—courtesy of the train’s all-too-convenient emergency brake cord. Next, Lucy goes to extremes to catch a luxury ocean liner when it sets sail for Europe with Ricky and the Mertzes aboard—but with Lucy still on the dock. On the Continent, Lucy’s madcap escapades include getting thrown in a Parisian jail, modeling a French “designer” potato sack, causing an Alpine avalanche, hitting an accidental jackpot in Monte Carlo, and—in one of TV’s funniest scenes ever—soaking up a whole lot of “local color” in an Italian grape-stomping vat!

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237 of 243 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne, NYC, Europe, the Queen, Grapes & Cheese June 19, 2005
By M. Hart
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Over 50 years ago during the early years of broadcast television, the very inspired talents of Lucille Ball (1911-1989) and her then husband Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) were showcased on their hilarious television show "I Love Lucy". TV execs had initially rejected the plausibility of the show because of Desi and because they intended to tape the shows. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of Lucille Ball and Desi's obvious talents, the show first aired in 1951 and quickly became one of the most successful TV shows during all six of its regular seasons. As Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on "I Love Lucy", Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were joined by William Frawley (1877-1966) and Viviane Vance (1909-1979) as their best-friends/apartment landlords of Fred and Ethel Mertz.

The fifth season of "I Love Lucy" that aired between 1955 and 1956 has 26 memorable episodes:

1. "Lucy Visits Grauman's": With Ethel's help, Lucy steals John Wayne's footprints from Grauman's Chinese Theater.

2. "Lucy and John Wayne": Lucy and Ethel try to return the footprints that they stole, but they break; so Ricky enlists the help from John Wayne (himself) to make a new set. More than one may be needed.

3. "Lucy and the Dummy": After Ricky backs out of a party where Lucy wants her big break, Lucy makes a dummy of Ricky to dance with at the party.

4. "Ricky Sells the Car": After Ricky sells the car, Fred & Ethel think they'll have to ride a motorcycle back to NYC; but Ricky buys train tickets for all.

5. "The Great Train Robbery": Thinking there's a jewel thief on board the train to NYC, Lucy can't stop pulling the emergency brake cord. (Train conductor played by Frank Nelson, 1911-1986.)

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5.0 out of 5 stars From LA to Europe September 16, 2005
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Season 5 of this classic sit com begins just a few months after season 4 ended. The gang is still in Los Angeles where Ricky has just finished filming his picture. Fortunately, there's still time for a few hijinks, including trying to steal John Wayne's footprints in the two hilarious episodes that start the season. Even traveling back is an adventure when Lucy decides there's a robber on the train.

Things are just beginning to settle down in New York when Ricky and his band get a series of bookings in Europe. Soon, the foursome are off again where Lucy meets the Queen in England, gets arrested for counterfeiting in Paris, and gets trapped in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps.

The most famous episode from this season comes near the end. "Lucy's Italian Movie" is better known as the grape stomping episode and has one of the classic physical comedy routines from the show in it.

Actually, the last several episodes are sharp as "Lucy's Bicycle Trip," "Lucy Goes to Monte Carlo," and "Return Home from Europe" are also absolutely hilarious episodes.

Even after five years, this show hasn't lost any of its laughs. In fact, the situations just seem to get more outrageous and yet they work. If we'd started with some of these stunts, it would seem implausible, but by now when Lucy wins a fortunate at roulette accidentally, we buy it. As with any season of any show, this one has its week moments. I find the England episodes rather dull. But over all, this set is more then worth it.

And this set continues to meet the high standards set by the previous releases. Since there are only 26 episodes this go around, there are only four discs. Still, the picture is sharp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now that Hollywood is Distroyed, Europe is Next!! June 18, 2006
We left Lucy and the gang in Hollywood with Ricky about to make his big film.

Disc 1:

Lucy Visits Grauman's - Ricky has finished the film and tells everyone that they are returning to NYC in on week. The girls have to get everything done in one week. First stop is Grauman's Chinese Theater. When they are there, they find that John Wayne's footprints are loose and she decides it would make the perfect souvenir.

Lucy and John Wayne - Lucy must replace the footprints or go to jail. First Fred tries to forge but it doesn't fool anyone. Then Ricky remembers he met Duke and calls him to help out. But Lucy thinks it's another Freddie the forger original and erases it. They get Duke back and he again makes the print and signature (#2) but then Little Ricky is found playing in it. Ricky has already gone to the studio and had Duke make another print (#3). And Lucy comes up with the idea to have Duke step into wet cement then ask him to sign it. She and Ethel put the wet cement outside Duke's dressing trailer but it's Ricky who steps into the cement ruining the boot print. Lucy then realizes that she just needs to borrow the Duke's boots and redo the imprint. This of course goes crazy when Duke surprises her in the trailer and she hides but does not escape as wanted - this is just crazy. She winds up running out and leaving Ethel behind. John Wayne, like most stars were doing the show to promote a movie.

Lucy and the Dummy - Ricky returns from a studio going away party with a plastic head of himself used in the movie. The studio calls and wants to have Ricky perform at an executive party at the studio. Lucy has convinced the studio that they have an act but Ricky is going fishing.
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