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I Love Lucy: The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute Hardcover – October 9, 2001
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roviding behind-the-scenes information about the show's origins, brief bios of the stars and highlights from every episode of the show (which aired from 1951 to 1957), I Love Lucy: Celebrating Fifty Years of Love and Laughter by Elisabeth Edwards (The I Love Lucy Guide to Life) pays full tribute to a television phenomenon and shares little-known trivia. Vivian Vance (Ethel) wasn't initially interested in being on the show because she suspected that this newfangled thing called TV didn't have much hope. Desiderio Arnaz fled Cuba at age 16 after his family's estate was burned down during the Batista revolt in 1933. Orson Wells graced the show for an episode and recruited Lucy to participate in his magic act. Questions about each episode (with answers at the back) will be the icing on the cake for Lucy devotees. Color and b&w photos.
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Anyone who loves Lucy will love "I Love Lucy: Celebrating Fifty Years of Love and Laughter." -- Associated Press
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However, as mentioned in other reviews, the quality of the photos are a joke! The photos are clouded and hazed, purposely I'm sure, so they can't be scanned and posted on fan websites, Unfortunately, it completely cheapens the book. There is no clarity to the photos whatsoever so you need to read this book in GOOD light. It is truly a disappointment for such a nicely compiled book. Its a special part of my library, but I admit I cringe when I open it up. Such a shame. You may want to scan through this book at the bookstore before actually buying this!!
But, if you want some nice pictures from the I Love Lucy series, check out "I Love Lucy: The Complete Picture History of the Most Popular TV Show Ever" by Michael McClay, Deanna Gaffner-McClay. While the content is similar to the 50th anniversary book, it does not include pictorials on every episode, but the photo quality is excellent! Also, check out the new "I Love Lucy Book of Trivia" by Ric B. Wyman. While the pictures are hazed and tinted, the clarity and quality of the photos are pretty good (a lot better than the 50th anniversary book!) and compliment the text nicely.
Many pictures, trivia questions, and all kinds of fun stuff await the reader that makes this a must-have for any loyal Lucy fan. What makes this book different is the meticulous research into every episode both in front of and behind the camera. You'll feel almost as good after reading this as if you had seen an actual episode of the show-almost. Because nothing beats hearing the Ricardos and the Mertzes planning their schemes and having their fun at 323 E. 68th Street.
If you don't like this book, well....."You've definetly got some splainin' to do!"
The bulk of the book consists of pages on each "I Love Lucy" episode with a brief paragraph describing the plot and a bunch of trivia questions. "Trivia questions" belong in paperbacks not an expensive book and it's clear they are only here for padding the pages. Anyone who needs to know anything about the I Love Lucy episodes will find everything they need and then some in Bart Andrews "I Love Lucy" book, you certainly won't get any major new information here.
The only nice things in this book are the interviews with Keith Thibodeaux ("Little Ricky") and writers Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, and Bob Carroll Jr. The photos of latterday Lucy memorabilia are ok but nothing special.
Lucy diehards want all the books on her of course but unless you find a copy of it super cheap, make this one close to the bottom of your want list.
Overall, I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Recommended for I Love Lucy fans.