- Series: Television and Popular Culture
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Syracuse University Press; Edition Unstated edition (April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815605846
- ISBN-13: 978-0815605843
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time (with "I LOVE LUCY's Lost Scenes" Audio CD) Paperback – April, 1999
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If you love Lucy, you'll love this book (and CD).
"A must-have for true Lucy lovers." [referring to the hardcover+CD edition] -- TV Guide Online - March 19, 1997
Intimate glimpses of the world's favorite redhead--and of a bygone era as wide-eyed and irrepressible as Lucy herself. -- Total TV Magazine, October 12, 1996
Jess Oppenheimer, the man Lucille Ball called the "brains" of I Love Lucy, gives us a rare first-hand look at television history as it was being made. A rich entertainment resource, Laughs, Luck . . . and Lucy features a hilarious memoir, more than fifty rare photos, three never-before-published scripts (including the only I Love Lucy script that Lucy or Desi ever refused to perform), and an AUDIO COMPACT DISC of Lucy's classic radio comedy performances, unheard for more than 40 years! Oppenheimer's book, written with his son, Gregg, is not only a reliable record of how I Love Lucy was conceived an executed, but also a humorous insider's account of the broadcasting industry's development from the wild early days of radio to television's "golden age." -- Book Description
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Ali Julia review
He studied at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California where he emerged in radio career. Then he came to Los Angeles, California for a radio and television career. He never imagined the success of "I Love Lucy." He was producer and head writer for the first five seasons. The series with the entire cast, Lucille Ball; Desi Arnaz; William Frawley and Vivian Vance were inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. The entire cast have Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well too.
In my personal opinion, Jess Oppenheimer should a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television and Radio. He should be posthumously be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame as well. Jess was the unsung hero of the series.
I would love to listen to some of the shows that used to be on the radio. They were clean, well-written, dramatic or funny, depending on the storyline.
Some of the recordings were included, but I couldn't listen to them. I read this on my iPhone kindle app, so that may have had something to do with it.
It goes on to tell the stories of the principals in the greatest show of all time I Love Lucy. It is a great read and I recommend it highly.for
The only negative is that it has formatting problems in the book and needs to be fixed but the story is pure genius.
The reviewer is the author of the new Kindle book entitled: Sex Education For Adults Secrets to
Amazing Sex and Happily Ever After Too
A most enjoyable read.