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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 and friends.
When Indiana housewife Lucy Whittaker (LUCILLE BALL) calls the White House to complain about a housing project, she soon discovers the President accepting an invitation to visit her home for dinner. Calamity and comedy follows as Lucy frantically prepares for the special event with the befuddled help of her family, friends and even Secret Service agents. Includes a surprise cameo appearance.
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Lucy plays Lucy Whittaker from Indiana, who calls in to President Jimmy Carter's weekly speak to the President phone service for the public, so she can bring up a topic of local importance. President Carter tells Lucy he'll discuss her local issues with her in person, as he will be in her area soon. Later plans change so the President will actually be at Lucy's house to have dinner with her! Of course, everyone who has ever known Lucy in her life, just has to be invited to this special dinner for President Carter, so this will be some dinner Lucy has to prepare for such a large crowd!
With 5 of The Lucy Show's cast re-united for this special, it would sadly turn out to be their last time together. Vivian Vance had been fighting breast cancer for a while undergoing chemotherapy, when she suffered a stroke just a few months before the special started filming. This stroke left Vivian's left side of her face partially paralyzed, but she unbelievably still went on filming this special with Lucy. In July of 1977, just 4 months before filming, Lucy lost her beloved mother DeDe Ball. DeDe never missed a show of Lucy's as she was always in the audience, through every episode of I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and all her television specials. This was the first time Lucy would do a show without her wonderful supportive mother in the audience.Read more ›
Although this special may not be the all time best" Lucy" shows it has the memories and nostalgia in it's favor. Lucille Ball is reunited with Gale Gordon, Mary Wickes, Mary Jane Croft her old I LOVE LUCY writers, first season director and of course Vivian Vance.
It is a cute little plot about an Indiana housewife trying to save a park for under-priviledged children. Without giving away too much Lucy finds out President Carter will be nearby and tries to get him to pay her a visit. Soon enough the entire town finds out and you can guess what happens.
Lucy was still able to do her comedy and match wits with anyone. At times this program can be a little old-fashioned and corny but I thought her last couple of HERE'S LUCY years were that considering what CBS was putting out in the 1970's. Probably what is most unbelievable in this program is Gale Gordon being Lucy's father-in-law. In this show Lucy is married to Ed McMahon and truthfully everyone looks around the same age.
Whatever Lucy put her self into I would watch and glad to own it one day nothing could dampen my love for her. Lucy always surrounded herself with the best supporting actors like Gale Gordon. It is fun to hear the potshots Gale Gordon makes at the newly-elected President Carter.
Most of all I wanted this program for the reunion of Lucy and her players especially Vivian Vance. This would make the last time Vivian Vance and Lucy would work together. Lucy and the cast knew Vivian Vance was not well at the time of this program so it is kind of a bittersweet show.Read more ›
The plot of Lucy phoning the president and then the announcement that he would be stopping by her house is a simple premise for some hilarious comedic stunts as only Lucille Ball could provide. Lucy was always loyal to fellow actors she liked to work with and this special was indeed special for it was a final reunion that brought them all together. We get Mary Wickes, Mary Jane Croft, Gale Gordon but most importantly the final television reunion of Lucille and Vivian Vance. None of their magic chemistry had been lost and each scene sparked with reminders of all the laughs these two have provided us. And this special continues those laughs nonstop. The simple use of potato salad and a cake provides the most hilarious moments of the special. I sat through this and laughed from beginning to end and remembered watching it when it first aired in 1977. I had been 16. Lucy was the master and her comedic timing was still fully intact. This special is a must for all Lucy fans as well as fans of comedy history.
The bonus features here are worth the price of admission in itself.Read more ›
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Great all the way around. Great movie for any Lucy fan. Also a great family friendly movie, and since this is Lucy and Vivian's last appearance together, it is a must have to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brandon Edington
i'd never heard of these until i happened to stumble on them on amazon. they're very enjoyable and a must if you're a lucy fanPublished 6 months ago by Shepherd
Do you love Lucy??? Then you'll love her in "Lucy Calls the President"!! Lucy is reunited with Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Mary Wickes (who played Madame LeMond in the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by TV Lover
What a neat special to own of Americas queen of comedy. This cast shines in this fun special featuring a surprise guest at the end. Read morePublished 17 months ago by David L. Millard
Not one of my favourite but still have it in my collection.Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen