The Publicity Agent

The Publicity Agent – I Love Lucy episode 31, originally aired 5/12/1952

When Ricky becomes insecure about his lack of publicity, Lucy decides to come to the rescue.  Especially after she learns how much money she could make as the publicity agent!  Lucy, with Ethel’s help, decides on the mother of all publicity stunts.  

The Publicity Agent - I Love Lucy episode 31, originally aired 5/12/1952

Lucy decides to impersonate the mythical “Maharincess of Franistan” The “Maharincess” happens to be one of Ricky Ricardo’s biggest fans. And after Lucy ‘€˜accidentally’ informs the various newspapers about the ‘€˜Maharincess’ visit to hear her favorite musician, she goes to the Tropicana Club, where Ricky Ricardo serenades her with “I Get Ideas,” Later Ricky learns the truth and turns the tables on the ‘Maharincess’ who is kidnapped by agents of the revolution in ‘€˜Franistan’ … who turn out to be Fred and a friend of Ricky’s.

The Publicity Agent is available as part of the season 1 I Love Lucy DVD collection.

Quotes from The Publicity Agent – I Love Lucy

Assassin: We want royal secret!
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Look, fellas, you’ve got me all wrong…
Assassin: You have red and black hair of Frenistan royalty. What is secret?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Alright, I’ll give you the secret. Every two weeks a cup of henna to a gallon of water. I’m not a maharincess, I’m a hennarincess!

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Well, how did you find out?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): How did I find out? Who else but you would listen to me sing twenty-five songs and ask for more?

Songs performed in The Publicity Agent

  • Adios, Muchachos (I Get Ideas), Music by Julio C. Sanders, lyrics by Dorcas Cochran, Performed by Desi Arnaz
  • Babalu, Music by Margarita Lecuona,
  • Performed by Desi Arnaz

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