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I Love Lucy - Season One (Vol. 5)
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Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz. Lucy Fakes an Illness" when Ricky brings home an actor pretending to be a doctor; Lucy Writes a Play" for Ricky, who must adopt a British accent; the Mertzes' fighting almost leads them to Breaking the Lease"; and Lucy's latest attempt at self-improvement puts her in The Ballet." 1951/b&w/104 min/NR.
The four classic episodes on this volume of I Love Lucy include--straight out of 1952--the inspired "Lucy Fakes Illness," in which Lucille Ball's havoc-inducing redhead, Lucy Ricardo, attempts yet another ploy to participate in husband Ricky's (Desi Arnaz) nightclub act, this time by pretending to suffer from a fabricated psychological problem. Trouble is, Lucy's ill (mental) health doesn't bear scrutiny after Ricky brings home an actor pal pretending to be a doctor. Also on board: the great "Lucy Writes a Play," concerning Mrs. Ricardo's effort to write for the stage, resulting in Cuban-born Ricky unwittingly playing a British tobacco picker. "Breaking the Lease" finds the Ricardos and best friends the Mertzes in their first and perhaps funniest feud, and "The Ballet" becomes a truly memorable showcase for Ball's slapstick talents when Lucy's dream of stardom becomes a burlesque nightmare. Great, hilarious stuff. --Tom Keogh
- Series Original Opening
- Special Footage
- Series Original Animated Transitions
- Radio Show
- Guest Cast Information
- Production Notes
- Includes 4 Classic Shows: Lucy Fakes Illness, Breaking The Lease, and The Ballet
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"Lucy Fakes Illness" - Lucy decides to feign a multiple-personality disorder in order to force Ricky to cast her in his new show. Lucille Ball does a fantastic impersonation of Katharine Hepburn/Bette Davis!
"Lucy Writes a Play" - Lucy and Ethel decide to enter a local dramatics society contest with a play that Lucy has penned, entitled "A Tree Grows in Havana". However, Lucy decides to scrap the idea and writes an English period-piece called "The Perils of Pamela". But on the night of the performance, Lucy and her cast can't decide which one they are ACTUALLY performing!
"Breaking the Lease" - Following a huge fight with the Mertzes, Lucy and Ricky decide to move, but can't until they pay their entire lease. Lucy decides to break the lease by being as noisy and unco-operative a neighbor as she can!
"The Ballet" - Ricky needs both a ballet dancer and a burlesque comic in his new show, so Lucy decides to train for both of them - with hilarious results!
Starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. The DVD includes flubs, a bonus episode of the "My Favorite Husband" radio show, guest-cast information and restored elements. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
There was much enjoyment in getting barrel laughs out of the Mertzes trying to kick the Ricardos out of their apartment. The Mertzes fumed at each little noise the Ricardos made above them. The retaliation got more heated and hilarious. The more the Mertzes told the Ricardos to get quiet, the more they found obnoxious ways to be loud.
When Ricky brought his whole band home for practice, it was a riot. Priceless, was the face of Fred Mertz, who wore the chandalier that dropped on his head, as a result of the loud chaos in the apartment above him.
Does it get any funnier than this?
Episode 16, "Lucy Fakes Illness" (January 28, 1952) has Lucy pretending to suffer a nervous breakdown because Ricky has (once again) refused to hire her for his nightclub act. Since he knows Lucy is faking, Ricky gets a fake psychiatrist (Hal March) to check her out.
Episode 17, "Lucy Writes a Play" (February 4, 1952) has Lucy writing a play entitled "A Tree Grows in Havana" for an amateur playwriting competition. Ricky ends up playing the lead, which really does not help the play.
Episode 18, "Breaking the Lease" (February 11, 1952) is the best of the four episodes, with the Ricardos and the Mertzes having a fight which develops into an all-out war in at attempt to, well, break the lease. When you see Lucy smoking a cigarette, remember that the sponsor for "I Love Lucy" during that first season was the Phillip Morris Tobacco Company.
Episode 19, "The Ballet" (February 18, 1952) features the physical comedy of Lucille Ball. Once again Lucy is trying to get into the act at Ricky's club. Ricky has an opening for a burlesque comic and a ballet dancer, so Lucy tries out for both parts (giving a whole new meaning to the word "tutu"). Mary Wickes, always a delight in anything she did, has a nice part in this one.
All of these episodes were written by Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, and Bob Caroll, Jr., who wrote all the episodes for the show's first four seasons. Marc Daniels was the director for all of the episodes that first season, except one (which is on the next DVD). Volume 5 is the second best in the Season One collection; the best is Volume 8 with both "The Freezer" and "Lucy Does a TV Commercial." So hang in there; the best is yet to come.