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The Long, Long Trailer [VHS] (1954)

Lucille Ball , Desi Arnaz , Vincente Minnelli  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Gladys Hurlbut
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: Albert Hackett, Clinton Twiss, Frances Goodrich
  • Producers: Pandro S. Berman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: November 4, 1994
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301972279
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Success in that newfangled television business prompted Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to bring their slapstick chemistry to the big screen, courtesy of a 28-foot monster of a trailer home. The Long, Long Trailer is one of those domestic nightmare movies, in which an ordinary couple has their existence upended by a new contraption: in this case, a lemon-yellow motor home. They make the mistake of towing said behemoth to Colorado, a honeymoon journey fraught with tilted axles and Lucy's ill-advised collection of large souvenir rocks. One disaster follows another, with the action rarely rising above the level of a sitcom (MGM's top director of musicals, Vincente Minnelli, is overqualified here). One notable exception: the climactic sequence, a funny-nervous crawl up an 8,000-foot mountain pass. The film was a box-office hit, proving that moviegoers would go to theaters to see a TV star's hair in its natural red color. --Robert Horton

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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... May 3, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Watching the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz film "The Long, Long Trailer" some 50+ years after it was made, is a rather surreal experience. By 1953, The "Baby Boom" was indeed booming, tract housing was all over the place like crab grass, trailer parks multiplied like jackrabbits, and Americans were inundated with the wonders of "space age" technology. Big, flashy-looking cars, refrigerators, TV sets, "streamlined" furniture, and snazzy clothes were the things that everyone wanted to have. It was as if America wanted to wipe away its gritty, unglamourous past and face the space age all polished and waxed and Simonized. To see Eisenhower's America as depicted by MGM in better-than-real-life Technicolor and filmed largely on MGM's backlot (interspersed with location photography of Yosemite Park,etc) I feel like I'm watching home movies that were shot in a suburb of a distant planet! "The Long, Long Trailer" was made to capitalize on the overwhelming popularity of TV's "I Love Lucy", which finally made a star of 40ish Lucille Ball, who had never really achieved "big stardom" in the 20 years she had been in showbiz. So, if you REALLY loved Lucy, you could go and spend money to sit in a theater and watch Lucy and Desi on a big screen in an "Air-Cooled" theater in COLOR, and with no commericials! This film has always been a favorite of mine, ever since I first watched it with my sister on our parents' blonde wood console black-and-white TV back in the mid 1960s. See Lucy fall in the mud (I have to admit I get a rather sadistic pleasure out of watching this bit over and over again). See Lucy try to prepare a gourmet dinner while in a moving trailer, with disastrous results (God, the things they did to this lady! Read more ›
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOOO Funny May 2, 2006
We watch this wonderful movie once a year, just for the pleasure of anticipating each perfect scene. Directed by Vincent Minelli, and perfectly acted by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, this comedy takes us through the engagement and honeymoon of a young couple starting out life in an "up to date" way, in a trailer. Each cameo appearance by marvelous second and third banana studio people whose faces any movie buff will recognize is very enjoyable, too. There are two several scenes that are our favorites. 1) Tacy (Lucille B.) fixes dinner in a moving trailer (HAH) 2) Nicky (Desi A.) freaks out trying to get his golf clubs to fit in the trailer; 3) Tacy and Nicky try to get over the high passes in Colorado with a rock-filled trailer); 4) a mechanic explains why trailer brakes are soo important. This film is just too magical to believe. You have to see it.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the Short version of the Long Long Trailer September 8, 2009
I looked forward to seeing this classic because we had recently purchased an RV and I remembered how hilarious the T.V. movie had seemed when I saw it as a child. Several of the key elements for humor where there...the rock collection, running over the flower beds, etc. But I recalled other parts of the movie that were not on this DVD.
There was alot more character and story development in the original version shown on T.V. I remember Spagehtti going all over the place...not in this DVD; and when Lucy (Tacey) was in the trailer with a sprained ankle, there was more in the sequence than shown (Marjorie Maine had a lot more speaking parts). Overall, it was fun seeing the highlights again, but I wish the entire movie had been shown. I'm wondering why they deleted some of it.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY... July 7, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Directed by Vincent Minelli, this comedy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, was filmed at the height of the popularity of their television show, "I Love Lucy". In this film, Lucy was never funnier, and Desi was never better as her comedic foil.
The plot is surprisingly simple. Tacy Collins (Lucille Ball) and Nicholas Carlos Collini (Desi Arnez) are about to be married. Tacy persuades him that having a trailer home would be ideal, since he has the type of job that takes him away so often. This way, she could always be there to take care of him no matter where he is working, as their home would always go with him, wherever he may be. Nicky buys into her logic, and the rest is history.
They purchase a top of the line trailer home, a new car to tow it, and get married. Tacy and Nicky then hit the road and have a number of very funny adventures. They will have you belly laughing, as the personas of their film characters do not differ greatly from that of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, the characters of their television show. If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Keenan Wynn has a small role as a traffic control cop whose path briefly crosses theirs. Don't blink, or you may miss him. Some of the footage is shot in gorgeous Yosemite National Park and the cinematography is a treat, with beautiful scenic vistas replete with mountain views.
Not only was this film a hit for MGM in 1954 and the best grossing comedy of the year, but it was also their best grossing comedy to date, beating MGM's previous record holder, "Father of the Bride". If you are a fan of Lucy and Desi, or if you simply want a film that would be fun for the whole family, you cannot go wrong in choosing this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
got to see this
Published 1 day ago by William Ruddick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny & enjoyable
We showed it for our folks 60th wedding anniversary party. Very funny & enjoyable.
Published 2 days ago by James Moffatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible funny!
I saw this movie when I was a 16 years old girl and never forgot it. So good to see it again at 74! I laughed so much I thought I was
going to get sick. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service, would select seller again
I have always loved the I Love Lucy Show and especially the Long Long Trailer movie and now I own it and can watch it over at
any time I want. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Charlan Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it for trip but hard time drive
Published 7 days ago by Annie Reiter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 7 days ago by Shelley cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic-must have for Lucy/Desi fans
Classic -what else can one say?
Published 10 days ago by B. Friedrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny movie! Good price.
Published 11 days ago by Diana Polo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long, Long Trailer
Bought this because we had company coming to stay for a week, and they are avid campers. Thought this would make a nice evenings entertainment since we both camp and collect rocks. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Susan Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Long Trailer
Great old movie! And the quality of the DVD is great sound is clear and picture is perfect. We have already watched it a few times. Lots of fun. Read more
Published 12 days ago by suzanne lapora
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