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Lucy in top form

  • May 8, 2003
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I LOVE LUCY continues on DVD with the 5th volume of episodes from the historic first season.

"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).

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The four classic episodes on this volume ofI Love Lucyinclude--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
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Genre: Comedy
Studio: Paramount
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003

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