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Lucy at the Movies: The Complete Films of Lucille Ball Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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Before Lucille Ball became the first lady of television in 1951, she had made 75 motion pictures in 18 years. She traded her moniker of RKO's Queen of the Bs for TV's Queen of Comedy. Between 1954 and 1985, she made just eight more films. This overview of Ball's film career highlights each movie with its cast and credits; a lengthy synopsis; and behind-the-scenes notes about the production and its critical reception. Visually stunning and beautifully designed, this book is printed on thick, glossy paper and boasts large, crisp (and seldom seen) photos from each film. Some of De La Hoz's backstories are fascinating (Frank Sinatra originally wanted her to play his mother in The Manchurian Candidate before Angela Lansbury was cast; Ball outsmarted Columbia chief Harry Cohen by agreeing to star in 1951's The Magic Carpet: she kept her pregnancy a secret, pocketed $85,000 for one week's work and fulfilled her contract). While Ball excelled in comedies (The Facts of Life; Fancy Pants; The Long, Long Trailer; Yours, Mine and Ours), this book may point fans toward Ball's excellent but atypical work in such dramas as The Dark Corner; Lured; and Five Came Back. Photos. (Oct.)
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"...a beautifully produced coffee-table size volume." -- In the Groove, November 2007

"...visually stunning...a book that should find a hero's welcome among the countless biographies and character studies that have been done in the past. It's a strong look at a fresh angle and a beautiful way to remember the blue-eyed Jamestown, New York native." -- www.midnightpalace.com

"Lucy at the Movies is a downright fabulous look at Lucille Ball's movie career with lush studio photography and candid shot on every page along with stories and movie reviews." -- Rage Monthly, December 2007

"Lucy at the Movies is comprehensive and enlightening....The book is worth the price just for the biography, but the photos make it even more special. ...A must-have for any Ball fan." -- The Advocate, December 16, 2007

"There's much more to Lucille Ball than "I Love Lucy," and this volume will keep her fans enthralled." -- Chicago Tribune, December 1, 2007
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076242706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762427062
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a large "coffee table" type volume that delivers much more than many in this category. It is absolutely brimming with high quality black and white and color photos many of which will be new to both film and Lucy fans. Most impressively, it covers all of Lucille Ball's films (including the shorts) and offers back-stories and little known facts. On pages 74-75, for example, the reader is shown where to spot the young Miss Ball as a chorus dancer in "Murder at the Vanities" (1934).
I congratulate the author and everyone responsible for producing this outstanding work. What a perfect gift for anyone interested in Lucy and classic films!
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"Lucy at the Movies" by Cindy De La Hoz is a coffee table sized visual treat displaying the varied movie career of America's beloved red headed comedienne. It spans Lucy's 5 decade career in movies. The text is easy to read and gives the full cast and credits of all her movies. It includes the synopis,notes and comments, and even the reviews of each movie. There are many pictures from her movies dispersed throughout the book. Also, to the delight of her many fans, there are numerous behind the scenes and other personal pictures of Lucy and her castmates.
This book is worth every penny and if you're a Lucy fan it belongs in your collection. Buy it. You'll treasure it always.
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Great large and loaded coffee table book. The photos are gorgeous! Lucille Ball had a real long career. I am in awe of the volume of work Ball had already experienced before "I Love Lucy". She was no doubt a workaholic. From Chorus girl to extra to supporting role to leading lady!
My all time favorite lady of Hollywood did it all. The author of this affordable book, Cindy De La Hoz deserves an award for putting this mother load of Ball's cinema work. Good job!
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We love Lucy & if you do too - this book is a must have! It's crammed packed FULL of gorgeous photo's and interesting tidbits about this talented, funny, queen of comedy actress! It's a nice size book for your coffee table & something to look at again & again! I've seen a few books about this talented woman - this is one of the BEST!
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Before Lucille Ball became the first lady of television in 1951, she had made 75 motion pictures in 18 years. She traded her moniker of RKO's Queen of the Bs for TV's Queen of Comedy. Between 1954 and 1985, she made just eight more films.

This overview of Ball's film career highlights each movie with its cast and credits; a lengthy synopsis; and behind-the-scenes notes about the production and its critical reception. Visually stunning and beautifully designed, this book is printed on thick, glossy paper and boasts large, crisp (and seldom seen) photos from each film.

Some of De La Hoz's backstories are fascinating (Frank Sinatra originally wanted her to play his mother in The Manchurian Candidate before Angela Lansbury was cast; Ball outsmarted Columbia chief Harry Cohen by agreeing to star in 1951's The Magic Carpet: she kept her pregnancy a secret, pocketed $85,000 for one week's work and fulfilled her contract).

While Ball excelled in comedies (The Facts of Life; Fancy Pants; The Long, Long Trailer; Yours, Mine and Ours), this book may point fans toward Ball's excellent but atypical work in such dramas as The Dark Corner; Lured; and Five Came Back
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This book is truly amazing. I am 47 and have been a huge fan of Lucille Ball since I was young. HERE'S LUCY was on prime time then, both other shows were in constant reruns and MAME was released - a huge treat. I have always loved the whole package that is Lucille Ball - not just Lucy - and this book glorifies exactly that.

Lucille Ball became a legend and a never equalled comedienne when she became Lucy on the infamous I LOVE LUCY. Of course this is her tour de force from herr entire career but many don't know that Lucy was around for decades before I LOVE LUCY with an expansive film career. She was considered the QUEEN OF THE B MOVIES. There was some true quality work here like LURED and the truly exceptional THE BIG STREET. She also made many films after becoming Lucy.

This book is not only a beautiful coffee table book which it indeed is. There are hundreds of amazing pictures both in black and white and color - candids plus pictures from the films. But this book is also a true encyclopedia of the film history of Lucille Ball. Every film she made from the beginning to MAME and even her final television movie STONE PILLOW are thoroughly researched. There is an in depth synopsis of each film, wonderful pictures and multiple critics reviews of each piece. It is priceless.

There is also a full biography and a detail of all the film shorts she did before she was in her first film ROMAN SCANDALS. So to sum it up - this book is the rare exception. It is a true beautiful coffee table book filled with beautiful pictures but it also provides the fully researched in depth film history of Lucille Ball which has never been tackled like this before.
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This gal did her research! LUCY AT THE MOVIES gives you a glimpse of Lucy's appearance in every film she was ever in! Great to have as a reference guide in your film library.
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