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Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz. Celebrate 50 years of Lucy and Desi with the unseen series Lost Pilot" plus The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub," Be a Pal" and The Diet." 1951/b&w/106 min/NR.


The first episodes of I Love Lucy, in comedy terms, look today like a promising map of great things to come from the hugely influential sitcom. This set of episodes, the first volume in a definitive collection of the classic television series, includes the original three broadcast episodes from October 1951, plus the so-called "Lost Pilot" that finds the earliest I Love Lucy production quite rough but genuinely promising. The actual episodes that American audiences first saw--"The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub," "Be a Pal," and "The Diet"--find familiar elements of the classic series already in place. Housewife Lucy (Lucille Ball), restless for excitement, is married to Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz). Ricky's crazy nightclub career, however, leaves him yearning for a quiet home life and a wife content with her simple chores. Alas, it's not to be. With best friends Ethel (Vivian Vance) and Fred (William Frawley) usually aboard for the Ricardos' misadventures, I Love Lucy introduced an engaging blend of sophistication and slapstick, all wrapped in the intimacy of a three-camera TV approach. Bonus material is very satisfying, including a radio broadcast from 1951 later adapted into a TV script, a couple of gaffes, guest cast listings, and a new beginning for the second-season rebroadcast of "The Diet." --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Contains four episodes: The Lost Pilot, "The Girls Want To Go To A Nightclub," "Be a Pal," "The Diet"
  • Series original opening
  • Flubs
  • Special footage
  • Behind-the-scenes audio feature
  • Radio show
  • Guest cast information

Product Details

  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Marco Rizo
  • Directors: Marc Daniels, Ralph Levy
  • Writers: Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Davis
  • Producers: Al Simon, Jess Oppenheimer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065U38
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Love Lucy - Season One (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 12, 2002
The first season of "I Love Lucy" the most classic of television situation comedies had a 50.9 rating in the Nielsen ratings, which meant that half the television sets in the country were tuned into CBS on Monday nights at 9:00. Unlike most recent television DVD sets which offer an entire season as a set, the first season of "I Love Lucy" is coming out on DVD four episodes at a time. Volume 1 offers up the original pilot episode, and the first three episodes of the series. All of these episodes were written by the team of Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll, Jr., who would stay with the show for its first five season:
"The Lost Pilot" was kinescoped on March 2, 1951 as an audition episode with which to woo potential backers for the show. Desi and Lucy play Larry and Lucy Lopez in what was a rewrite of the vaudeville skits the couple were doing on tour patched together with an old "My Favorite Husband" radio scripts (a lot of the first season episodes of "I Love Lucy" had similar points of origin). In a story that will sound familiar as the years go by, Lucy is determined to break into show business and decides to replace the ailing clown (Pepito the Clown) in her husband's nightclub act.
Episode 1, "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub" (October 15, 1951) for the Mertzes' anniversary, but Fred and Ricky would rather go to the fights. Lucy and Ethel dress up as hicks and show up as the boy's blind dates. This battle of the sexes sets the tone for the show's perpetual subtext, although the recurring theme is Lucy trying to get into showbiz.
Episode 2, "Be a Pal" (October 22, 1951) has Lucy taking advice from a self-help text and trying to keep her marriage fresh by becoming Ricky's pal. Now if only Ricky could figure out what Lucy is REALLY up to.
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People incensed that we are not getting these a season at a time are neglecting to review the product itself. This DVD is SPLENDIFEROUS.
The picture quality is gorgeous -- the lighting looks as good as movie stills. And these are complete episodes -- remember that in syndication we have always seen them with bits chopped off except on Nickelodeon (did you ever wonder why the audience was often already laughing when the show started? It was because the syndicated version cut in AFTER the original beginning).
We get a whole episode of the radio show MY FAVORITE HUSBAND -- one of the few old radio shows that still holds up for us moderns with minor adjustment. One cannot really understand what I LOVE LUCY "was" historically without starting with MY FAVORITE HUSBAND; what a great idea to put episodes on these DVDs. (Maybe it will help turn LUCY fans on to old radio -- if you love Lucy, there is a lot of, particularly, late 40s radio comedy that you will love as well, and old radio is now cheaper and more available than it has ever been before in this era of MP3 files.)
We get the pilot -- complete with the original announcer restoring the lost first few seconds of the voice-over 50 years later! (Why, though, is it listed as 45 minutes but takes up ten minutes less time?)
And then also bonuses like an alternate laughtrack over an ending, a clip used for a rerun not seen since 1953, etc.
This is the definitive presentation of this show, in a medium that does not turn to dust on the shelf after 20 years. This is very, very special.
The truth is that like all shows, I LOVE LUCY took a little while to get its sea legs; I do not consider these first three to be the best of the run by any means.
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I Love Lucy is a television classic. 50 years old, and it still plays daily on TV and is loved by millions. This DVD features the first four episodes of the classic show starting with the pilot that was found in the early 90's. In addition, it presents the first 3 episodes to air in the fall of 1951 on CBS.
Fans of the show will love this disc. The sound and picture are great. Every episode is broken down into several chapters, including a separate chapter for the musical sequence. There are plenty of extras as well, including an episode of Lucy's radio show "My Favorite Husband" and an excerpt from Jess Oppenheimer's book on the creation of the show.
Like many TV shows, the first episodes aren't the strongest. Lucy is the only character fully developed at this point with the other three delivering straight lines. Still, there are several good laugh an episode.
It would be nice if the show were being released in season, or even half season sets. But this certainly isn't settling for second best since it's a great DVD.
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I'm am really happy that they are putting the show on DVD, and the picture quality is awesome, as well as the special features. I just wonder why they insist on only putting 4 episodes on each disc. Why couldn't they do like MASH, and release an entire season on a 3 DVD set, then throw in an extra disc loaded with special features?

at an average of $13 (lowside) for 4 episodes (There were 179 episodes in the entire series), you're looking at quite a bit of money. For the same number of MASH episodes at approximately $30 for 24 episodes (7 seasons worth), you're looking at [price]. I really feel that Lucy fans are being taken advantage of here.

... But do the math.

What you paid for 1 volume of Lucy Season 1 x 6 (# of discs for a full season)

Multiply by 7 (the number of years lucy was on)

Total cost

Compare that to what MASH will run you for 1 season and multiply by 7. See how much you could save?
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