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I LOVE LUCY CO-STAR VIVIAN VANCE REUNITES WITH LUCY
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.
Essential for Lucy lovers, this found treasure, available for the first time on DVD, is more than a special, it's more like a This Is Your Life for the First Lady of Television. It reunites Lucy with two of her most dependable writers from the I Love… days, Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis, and a veritable stock company of Lucy players, including Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Life with Lucy), Mary Jane Croft (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy), Mary Wickes (The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy), and Vivian Vance appearing with her I Love Lucy cohort for the last time. In this one-hour special taped before a studio audience in 1977, mayhem ensues when Lucy frantically prepares for a visit from President Jimmy Carter and his family. Gordon portrays her Republican father-in-law, with Ed McMahon as ever the consummate straight man as Lucy's husband. Some of the humor is atypically (for Lucy) topical. When she asks Gordon how her saxophone rendition of "Hail to the Chief" sounded, he replies, "Like you voted for Ford." But there's plenty of old-school slapstick and clowning that never gets old. What's really special are the generous bonus features, a trove of archival rarities including recently unearthed rehearsal footage, a Tonight Show appearance with a deferential Johnny Carson, and an excerpt from a 1965 radio broadcast of "Talking with Lucy" featuring Steve Allen, who appears as himself in Lucy Calls the President. This is one Call Lucy fans will not want to miss. --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
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 17 days 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 8 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 11 months ago by David L. Millard
Not one of my favourite but still have it in my collection.Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen
A very entertaining short movie with Lucille Ball! The film was not as long as I expected it to be- the total running time was less than an hour. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Yankee Doodle
Original writers of "I Love Lucy". Many co stars. Last show with Vivian Vance & Lucy together. This is one you can watch over and over.Published 19 months ago by Jeff sommerfeldt
Watching a movie like this is like visiting old friends - the different actors & actresses performing the roles they did so well for so many years - Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Mary... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dennis J. Faulkner