Lucille Ball movies

The Lucy & Desi Collection starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

The Lucy and Desi Collection

Editorial Review of The Lucy & Desi Collection starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, courtesy of Amazon.com

 Besides making television history as the producers and stars of television’s immensely popular I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy HourLucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, starred in three quite agreeable feature filmsThe Lucy & Desi Collection includes the trio, all in excellent shape, plus a handful of nifty special features of archival interest. Many fans of Arnaz and Ball have probably seen one or both of the movies the duo made in the 1950s, at the height of their TV success: the 1954 The Long, Long Trailer and Forever Darling.

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Lucy cries wolf - an angry Lucy comes in from the window ledge

Lucy Cries Wolf

Lucy Cries Wolf – I Love Lucy season 4, episode 98, originally aired October 18, 1954

Lucy Cries Wolf begins in an ordinary enough way, with Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) and his wife Lucy (Lucille Ball) at the breakfast table.  There, Lucy points out to Ricky an article about a burglary in a nearby apartment building, and soon gets herself worked up over the fear that they may be burglarized.  But Ricky tries to reassure her that he would dash home from performing at the club if she was threatened, but that’s not good enough for Lucy.  She has to put it to the test.

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Five Came Back (1939) starring Lucille Ball, Chester Morris, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, C. Aubrey Smith

Five Came Back

Five Came Back (1939) starring Lucille Ball, Chester Morris, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, C. Aubrey Smith

Chester Morris, John Carradine, Lucille Ball and Joseph Calleia in Five Came Back
Chester Morris, John Carradine, Lucille Ball and Joseph Calleia in Five Came Back

Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line’s flagship the Silver Queen.  They’re en route to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. The plane crashes into headhunter-inhabited jungles.  Pilots Bill Brooks (Chester Morris) and Joe (Kent Taylor) race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take-off.

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Forever Darling - starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Mason

Forever Darling

Forever Darling (1956) starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Mason

Forever, Darling a very sweet movie, and very funny as well.  I enjoyed it, and hope that you do as well.Frankly, Forever Darling is one of my favorite Lucille Ball movies.  The basic premise is that biologist Lorenzo Xavier Vega (played by Desi Arnaz) has grown apart from his wife Susan (played by Lucille Ball).  He has thrown himself into his work. She has thrown herself into the social scene.  

Forever Darling - starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Mason

Nobody says the words “€œthinking of divorce”€ but then, nobody really needs to, either.  By this point it should be obvious that this is not an offshoot of I Love Lucy. Although there are, indeed some similarities later on.  But first, this marriage needs God’s help to avoid divorce.  And He provides it, in the form of an angel that only Lucille Ball can see, played by James Mason.

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The Saxophone - Lucy and Ricky

The Saxophone

The Saxophone – I Love Lucy episode 40, season 2

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I Love Lucy episode guide - season 4

I Love Lucy episode guide – season 4

A ground-breaking season, as the Ricardos and the Mertzes travel to California as Ricky stars in a movie — a story arc that takes up the majority of the season.

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Annabel Takes a Tour - Jackie Oakley, Lucille Ball

Annabel Takes a Tour

Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) starring Lucille Ball, Jackie Oakie

In Annabel Takes a Tour, Lucille Ball plays the title role of Annabel Allison, a movie starlet who’s going on a publicity tour where her publicity agent Lannie Morgan, played by Jackie Oakie, keeps getting her into trouble; along the way she finds herself falling in love with a romance novel author, unaware that he’s already married. (more…)

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Best Foot Forward (1943), starring Lucille Ball, Harry James

Best Foot Forward [Lucille Ball]

Best Foot Forward (1943), starring Lucille Ball, Harry James

Best Foot Forward (1943), starring Lucille Ball, Harry JamesBest Foot Forward is a fun musical, that frequently had me asking, “When is Lucy coming back on screen?” Please understand, that even without Lucy on screen, it’s a fun musical farce.  There are several nice musical numbers and some Wonderful music by the Harry James band.  I was absolutely transfixed by their rendition of Flight of the Bumblebees.  But there’s a definite decrease in the comedy, and in the pace of the film, when Lucille Ball is off-screen — with a few notable examples.

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