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I Love Lucy - The Complete Second Season

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From its 1951 premiere to the present day, I Love Lucy has never been off the air! You’ll see why in this hilarious five-disc DVD collection, containing the show’s entire second season. Laugh out loud at such gems as “Job Switching”—in which Lucy and Ethel do unforgettable battle with a chocolate factory conveyor belt; “ The Handcuffs”—in which Lucy cuffs herself to Ricky and then loses the key; and “The Operetta”—in which Lucy’s money problems bring down the curtain on her role as “Queen of the Gypsies.” This collection also includes the groundbreaking “pregnancy shows,” including the touching moment at the Tropicana when Lucy breaks the news to Ricky that they are going to have a baby; and “Lucy Goes to the Hospital”—the record-setting episode that garnered the highest rating in the history of television!

Season 2 of I Love Lucy includes two of the most famous half-hours in television history. "Job Switching," originally broadcast mid-September of 1952, is the crazy, battle-of-the-sexes episode in which husbands Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) and Fred Mertz (William Frawley) trade roles with wives Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ethel (Vivian Vance), culminating in the men making a shambles of domestic chores while Lucy and Ethel take disastrous work at a chocolate factory. That's right: This is the show where the ladies have a Chaplinesque experience with a too-fast factory conveyor belt, forcing them to hide candies in their mouths, in their hats, and down their blouses lest a tough forewoman fire them for incompetence. A half-century later, the scene is still so fresh and funny it would grace any current sitcom. "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," which received an amazing 71.7 rating on January 19, 1953, is the historic episode featuring the birth of Little Ricky and a load of wonderful slapstick. Other television series (The Dick Van Dyke Show) and movies (Nine Months) have tried to top Lucy's time-to-go-to-the-hospital shenanigans, but there's nothing like the sight of Ricky and Fred falling all over themselves or Ricky showing up at the maternity ward (direct from a voodoo-themed show at the Tropicana) in witch doctor makeup.

The other 31 episodes included in I Love Lucy: The Compete Second Season have choice moments, too. "Lucy Becomes a Sculptress" finds the ever-ambitious redhead falling for empty flattery at an art-supply store and commencing an ill-advised career working in clay. Ricky agrees to bless this new endeavor if an art critic says she has talent, but Lucy tries to increase her chances by posing as a bust of herself--resulting in mayhem, of course. The usual running themes in I Love Lucy--Lucy's misguided desire to be a part of Ricky's musical career, and her penchant for disguising herself to investigate something--are all over The Complete Second Season. "Ricky Loses His Voice" is a delightful piece in which Ricky's laryngitis inspires Lucy, the Mertzes, and an aging chorus line to put on a Tropicana spectacle, and "Ricky Has Labor Pains" finds Lucy and Ethel going undercover as male reporters to find out what happens at a stag party. Lots to enjoy here, and the special features include bloopers, information about the guest cast, and snippets from Ball's radio show. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • All 31 uncut Season Two episodes, restored and digitally remastered
  • Flubs
  • Lost Scenes
  • Restored Music
  • “Behind-the-Scenes” Featurettes
  • Deleted Footage
  • Original Series Openings
  • Original Animated Sequences
  • Script Excerpts
  • Production Notes
  • Spanish Subtitles
  • Spanish Audio available on most episodes
  • English Closed-Captions
  • Scene Selections
  • Song Selections
  • Guest Cast Information
  • Series Promotional Spot
  • Five Complete Episodes of Lucy’s Radio Show: My Favorite Husband

Product Details

  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Gloria Blondell
  • Directors: Marc Daniels, William Asher
  • Writers: Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Davis
  • Producers: Desi Arnaz, Al Simon, Jess Oppenheimer
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 799 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ERX8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Love Lucy - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

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By M. Hart on October 7, 2004
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Over 50 years ago during the early years of broadcast television, the very inspired talents of Lucille Ball (1911-1989) and her then husband Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) were showcased on their hilarious television show "I Love Lucy". TV execs had initially rejected the plausibility of the show because of Desi and because they intended to tape the shows. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of Lucille Ball and Desi's obvious talents, the show first aired in 1951 and quickly became one of the most successful TV shows during all six of its regular seasons. As Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on "I Love Lucy", Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were joined by William Frawley (1877-1966) and Viviane Vance (1909-1979) as their best-friends/apartment landlords of Fred and Ethel Mertz.

The second season of "I Love Lucy" that aired between 1952 and 1953 has 32 memorable episodes:

1. "Job Switching": Lucy & Ethel get jobs at a chocolate factory, while Ricky & Fred try their hands at being "house-husbands" and cook up a large mess; a famous & very popular all-time favorite episode.

2. "The Saxophone": Lucy's talent (or lack thereof) of playing the saxophone is showcased when she wants to join Ricky on a band tour.

3. "The Anniversary Present": Lucy thinks Ricky is having an affair when he's really just trying to buy her a set of pearls.

4. "The Handcuffs": Lucy & Ricky get handcuffed in what they thought were fake handcuffs.

5. "The Operetta": Lucy writes an operetta for her woman's club to perform to raise money. Unfortunately, Lucy hasn't been very good managing the club's finances.

6. "Vacation from Marriage": Lucy & Ethel take a vacation from Ricky & Fred.

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One must note that this is the first time that the "I Love Lucy" episodes have been digitally cleaned up: both the sound and the picture have been put through rigorous computer programs to clean up the look and sound of the original. No longer will you hear hissing or bad audio edits. No more will you see patched film breaks or projector scratches or film splotches. This new batch of "Lucy" episodes looks almost like it was produced yesterday instead of over 50 years ago!
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It's amazing that back in the early 1950's, when TV was still young, that a nearly perfect sitcom could already emerge. No one has ever really done it better than Lucy, Ricky and company. There are certainly shows with more unusual settings (MASH) or more political/social bite (ALL IN THE FAMILY). Some feature more solid acting all around (MARY TYLER MOORE), and some are just brilliantly unpredictable (SEINFELD, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT). But when you boil them all down, you've got characters we know and like, getting into wacky situations that make us laugh. I LOVE LUCY delivers that in spades!!

I'm always amazed at how tremendously FUNNY the show is. My young kids laugh at it...and they NEVER want to watch anything in black and white! Just look at the classic CHOCOLATE FACTORY episode. It's not just that the situation of the chocolates flying by on the conveyor belt is funny (it is), but the priceless BUILDING of humor that makes it memorable. The chocolate gets every faster, Lucy gets ever more frantic, and the play of panic on her face gets more and more priceless. That someone thought of the scene is admirable...that it is executed with flawless timing (particularly given the constraints in 1950's TV production) is a testament to the skill of the performers. I've seen that scene a dozen or more never ceases to make me laugh and leave a smile of admiration and nostalgia on my face.

Granted, it's not always super entertainment to watch Desi Arnaz perform his act, but I have to give the guy a lot of credit. He always caught flack for being a poor second to Lucy. While not the genius Lucy was...he is an excellent foil for her. They have good chemistry (particularly this early in the show's history), and Ricky Ricardo looks great.
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After winning audiences over with the first season, Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred came back for a second season to the delight of television audiences. This set will delight their modern fans just as much.

There were 31 episodes in the second season, and they are faithfully presented here on 5 discs. The season opened with the famous "Job Switching" episode that finds Lucy and Ethel working in a chocolate factory. Also well known from this season are the episodes surrounding Lucy's pregnancy and the birth of Little Ricky, something quite daring for TV of the 50's. Other highlights include "The Club Election," "Lucy Changes Her Mind," "Lucy's Last Birthday" (which is the only time the words to the theme song are heard), and "Never Do Business With Friends." So what if the stories are sometimes predictable or little attention is paid to previous episodes (Lucy gets new furniture and Ethel gets a new washing machine twice in one season). This is classic TV at it's funniest.

My only real complaint from the previous season was the size of the set. That complaint has been completely removed this time around. As I previously said, all 31 episodes are on just five DVD's, keeping the cost and the size much more reasonable. Everything else remains the same. The episodes have been lovingly restored to perfection. You'll never see them looking better. Frankly, I find the series hard to watch on TV any more since it looks so lousy there. Sound is still mono. It won't blow you away, but it sounds sharp. Each disc still has plenty of extras, including guest cast, an episode of "My Favorite Husband" each, original openings, restored footage, and production notes and behind the scenes pictures as appropriate.

This set is a dream come true for any I LOVE LUCY fan. If that's you, be sure to pick it up today.
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