I Love Lucy - The Complete Fifth Season
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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
- 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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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here is Lucy with John Wayne for the first time and other very classic and funny shows only Lucy can deliverPublished 7 days ago by poetwriter
I loved the I love Lucy for so many years the episodes are very good classics they make me laugh a lotPublished 8 days ago by jose
What can I say "I love Lucy",she was definitely one of the best female comedians of all time.Whether I need a pick me up or just want to laugh these DVDs are my go to. Read morePublished 27 days ago by DAPONT
Great I love!!!!!! I love Lucy and love seeing Lucy and Desi together!!!! I almost have the Complete SetPublished 3 months ago by Shundra