Gotta love this movie. Lucy & Desi in Technicolor, 50's kitsch, Laguna (before it was over developed, and still beautiful), Yosemite, Desi's moobs, in the shower, directed by Vincente Minnelli
"The Long, Long Trailer" on TCM right now
|by Poor Grace||reply 60||04/03/2014|
Sort of a LLTrailer parody that's been on DL about 100 times but is still funny:
|by Poor Grace||reply 1||09/28/2013|
When she makes the salad in the moving trailer I cried laughing.
|by Poor Grace||reply 2||09/28/2013|
Lucy stunning in her yellow Aunt Jemima chapeau.
|by Poor Grace||reply 3||09/28/2013|
I really love this movie, it was probably the first Vincent Minnelli movie I ever saw, he was very versatile. This movie is sweet and the scenery is beautiful. Lucy and Ricky were awesome.
|by Poor Grace||reply 4||09/28/2013|
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|by Poor Grace||reply 5||09/28/2013|
R2 They used 4 cameras on Lucy, to get all angles, on the 'salad tossing' sequence, knowing they could only get that once. She's brilliant in it.
|by Poor Grace||reply 6||09/28/2013|
did Bill Frawley ever go topless?
|by Poor Grace||reply 7||09/28/2013|
Thank the maker she wasn't married to Gary Morton at the time or you know what would've happened.
|by Poor Grace||reply 8||09/28/2013|
Love this movie! Also love 'Yours, Mine, and Ours'.
|by Poor Grace||reply 9||09/28/2013|
Who Gives A Flying Fuck is on TCM this week. Set your DVR's!
|by Poor Grace||reply 10||09/28/2013|
So do I, r9.
|by Poor Grace||reply 12||09/28/2013|
I also agree with R9. Two of my favorite movies - no matter how many times I've seen them, they never get old.
|by Poor Grace||reply 13||09/28/2013|
Watched it today, and loved it . However something stood out to me. There's a scene where they're driving in Yosemite, and they start to sing a song ' I'm Just Breezin Along With The Breeze'. Lucy's voice is awful - it was 20 years before "Mame", and someone should have got the memo - Lucy cannot sing !
|by Poor Grace||reply 14||09/29/2013|
Then this is the post for you, r14.
|by Poor Grace||reply 15||09/29/2013|
R15 Thank you - loved it. And frankly, it's not very far off.
|by Poor Grace||reply 16||09/29/2013|
[quote]I really love this movie, it was probably the first Vincent Minnelli movie I ever saw, he was very versatile.
Really? I always thought he was a bottom.
|by Poor Grace||reply 17||09/29/2013|
Vincente Minnelli really was a director all over the place - and I mean that in a good way. Starting off with "Cabin In The Sky", hitting technicolor heights with "Meet Me In St. Louis", drama with "The Clock", back to musicals- "Ziegfeld Follies", "Yolanda," "Till The Clouds", & "The Pirate", jumping into drama- "Madame Bovary", to comedy " Father Of The Bride" & it's sequel, the wondrous "American In Paris", drama again "Bad And The Beautiful", back to music with " The Bandwagon" , comedy with "Trailer", music,"Brigadoon", the dramatic"The Cobweb", music "Kismet", dramas,"Lust For Life"& ""Tea & Sympathy", comedy "The Designing Woman", music "Gigi", comedy "The Reluctant Debutante", dramas, "Some Came Running" & ""Home From The Hill", then into the 1960's with music "Bells Are Ringing", drama " Four Horseman" & ""Two weeks In Another Town", 2 more comedies "Courtship Of Eddies Father" & " Goodbye Charlie", 1 last drama, "The Sandpiper", and finishing with "On A Clear Day" ( won't mention "Matter Of Time"). He really could do it all, and do it well.
|by Poor Grace||reply 18||10/05/2013|
So true about Minnelli R18, he was really amazing. I remember Liza saying the same thing about his versatility.
[quote] The Bandwagon
There's a scene in The Long, Long Trailer where they are stopped at a light and behind them a theater is showing The Band Wagon.
|by Poor Grace||reply 19||10/05/2013|
Its an odd choice for Minnelli - out in the great outdoors, but he gets his traditional yellows all over the place. I had not seen this since I was a kid and it was a treat again now - the salad tossing scene is priceless, yes I am sure they could only do it once.
And that vision of '50s Eisenhower America is sheer bliss now - though I am sure it wasn't at the time ... if you were gay or anyway "different".
|by Poor Grace||reply 20||10/05/2013|
It's a charming movie, and utilized a lot of locations we Californians know. Of course, beautiful Yosemite. The beautiful trailer court, overlooking the ocean, was a real place, in Laguna, called Treasure Island Mobile Home Park. But in the late 90's, it was all sold, and now The Montage Hotel sits on where those trailers were ( and Marjorie Main), with an adjacent park. The scene where the pair pull off a big curved road, going downhill, is actually Palos Verdes Dr., in Palos Verdes, south of LA, near the ocean. The scenes where the couple are going up (and down) the very steep hill, with Lucy looking over the cliff constantly, is the Palm To Pines Hwy. (route 74) overlooking Palm Desert & Palm Springs. Almost 10 years later, that road would become familiar to anyone who saw " Its A Mad (x4) World", where the chase, at the start of the film, begins. The scenes where the couple visit Lucy's (or Tracy's) family, and Desi (or Nicky) , backs the trailer into Lucy's aunt's house , was on MGM's Lot # 3, where 10 years before, the studio had built what came to be known as St.Louis St. - built for "Meet Me In St.Louis", also directed by Vincente Minnelli.
|by Poor Grace||reply 21||10/06/2013|
I always wondered why they couldn't play the Ricardos in this film as the characters are obviously so closely based on them, with even their names very reminiscent reminders.
I guess it had to do with rights issues but didn't they own I Love Lucy?
I mean, I understand if they wanted to break away from those characters during their vacation hiatus but then again, it all is clearly based on Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.
What was up with that?
|by Poor Grace||reply 22||10/06/2013|
At this point, Lucy actually looked younger and prettier in Technicolor than in B&W, which was not always the case with actresses of a certain age.
|by Poor Grace||reply 23||10/06/2013|
The film they did a couple years later, "Forever Darling", did not work nearly as well. None of the charm of LLT, and you could almost feel the 2 were fighting for real.....which , by this point, I guess they were. The facade was shattering.
|by Poor Grace||reply 24||10/06/2013|
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|by Poor Grace||reply 25||10/06/2013|
Did Madelyn and the 4 Bobs write this, too?
|by Poor Grace||reply 26||10/06/2013|
[quote]I guess it had to do with rights issues but didn't they own I Love Lucy?
They owned the physical films which gave them control over the re-distribution rights to "I Love Lucy." But the show was owned by CBS during its initial network run.
|by Poor Grace||reply 27||10/06/2013|
But one would think that CBS would be very happy for the publicity and exposure the film gave to the series, no?
|by Poor Grace||reply 28||10/06/2013|
It was the other way around, R28. CBS already had a huge hit with I Love Lucy and MGM got the benefit of having two hugely popular TV stars make a movie playing similar characters.
|by Poor Grace||reply 29||10/06/2013|
Wasn't this one of the first tests to see if the public would pay to see people they were seeing on the (fairly new) TV, for free ? I seem to remember reading that MGM execs. were very nervous till the box office tally began coming in, and the film was a hit. They really weren't sure.
|by Poor Grace||reply 30||10/06/2013|
It was a special triumph for both Lucy AND Desi to go back to MGM to make this film. It was the same studio that had not renewed either of their contracts not even ten years before. Desi was let go when the studio decided to promote Ricardo Montalban and Fernando Lamas over him as the "resident Latin lover" type. Desi had done some good work during the early 40's (such as his death scene in Bataan.) But he was the forgotten man after the war. Lucy had been in some great MGM films, including the Ziegfeld Follies, had been given the "full glamour treatment" and even showed a flair for comedy but the studio never knew exactly what to do with her and even with some roles in A pictures, never became a bankable A list star. So she was let go, seemingly "over the hill." So this return to the studio as the two BIGGEST stars in television was, I am sure, a big "fuck you" to the studio in some ways for them. And they had been friends with Vincente SINCE their Metro days, as well. They were also dear friends with Judy Garland and are both in the footage of the premiere of A Star is Born (released the same year as TLLT) rooting her on and saying how wonderful she was in it.
|by Poor Grace||reply 31||10/06/2013|
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|by Poor Grace||reply 32||10/06/2013|
I love the song "Forever Darling." Desi sings it in one of the ILL episodes, but it has been edited down to almost nothing in the shows we see now.
|by Poor Grace||reply 33||10/06/2013|
I recall Liza saying she loved watching this movie being made. She loved Lucy too.
|by Poor Grace||reply 34||10/07/2013|
It was Lucy's Act III that was problematic.
|by Poor Grace||reply 35||10/07/2013|
R31 You are almost right - it was RKO where Ball, and Arnaz, were under contract, and was the studio they would eventually buy. Lucy was at RKO for many years, before heading to MGM, in 1943, for "Dubarry Was A Lady", where they glammed her up, and first dyed her hair the bright red (for Technicolor) we'd all come to know her by. But the studio didn't really know how to utilize her, and her contract was not renewed 2 years later, and she left the studio to freelance. Arnaz made only 1 film for MGM, 1943's "Bataan", which he was very good in. Otherwise, almost all his films, pre-"Trailer", were for RKO - the studio they bought in 1957, and merged into Desilu Studios. Lucy would buy out Desi's share, in 1962, and 5 years later, would sell the studio to Paramount ( who's Hollywood lot was already adjacent to RKO/Desilu).
|by Poor Grace||reply 36||10/07/2013|
R36, both Lucy and Desi were under contract to MGM at the same time and that is what I was referring to. They are both in the famous MGM studio birthday portrait from 1943 and I doubt L.B. would have put them in it without them being under contract. She is in the front row and Desi is in the back. I know they both were at RKO before that. It was during the filming of the RKO film Too Many Girls where they met in 1940.
|by Poor Grace||reply 37||10/07/2013|
Desi was so funny in this. Too bad he didn't break away from Lucy and do more stuff.
I like how they named Lucy's character 'Taci'. Probably originally something like 'Daisy' but Desi couldn't pronounce that.
|by Poor Grace||reply 38||10/07/2013|
Desi shows his moobs in an episode of I Love Lucy. There is a scene where he is taking a shower. Quite risque for 1950s television.
|by Poor Grace||reply 39||10/07/2013|
To this day it shocks me that RKO or MGM did not insist on changing Desi Arnaz's name.
Of course, he had already starred on Broadway in Too Many Girls so perhaps they all felt by then that it was too late.
But IMHO Ricardo Montalban, Fernando Lamas and even Cesar Romero all had appropriately "Latin Lover" monikers. Not Desi.
|by Poor Grace||reply 40||10/07/2013|
I may be getting Too Many Girls confused with Best Foot Forward but didn't both Broadway shows have a few young stars who transferred to Hollywood with the film versions? June Allyson? Van Johnson? Ann Miller? Nancy Walker? Others?
Lucy, of course, was in both films though I don't think she starred in either Broadway show.
|by Poor Grace||reply 41||10/07/2013|
R37 Yes, Desi was signed to an MGM contract , in 1943, with Lucy's help. She asked Louis B. Mayer to give him a contract, while she was there too. BUT, the only movie he made there was "Baatan", that year. Soon after, Desi enlisted in the Air Force. He was discharged in late 1945. In 1946, he found they had no projects for him , and he decided to buy out his contract, and form his own band. So , as I said, his time at MGM consisted of just that 1 film - made at the same time the photo was taken. He made 4 at RKO, the studio he, and Lucy, were most associated with.
|by Poor Grace||reply 42||10/07/2013|
However, the point to be made is that Lucy and Desi, after essentially getting fired at MGM, returned triumphantly to the studio as huge (TV) stars.
|by Poor Grace||reply 43||10/07/2013|
Taci wasn't derived from Daisy. It was a nickname for Anastasia, the name of the aunt Taci was named after.
|by Poor Grace||reply 44||10/07/2013|
How about Lucy and Larry Lopez? Those names were available.
|by Poor Grace||reply 45||10/07/2013|
"He was versatile."
|by Poor Grace||reply 46||10/07/2013|
The character names Taci and Nicky were chosen because they resembled closely Lucy and Ricky, without actually BEING those names. The audience was supposed to make the connection that the characters Lucy and Desi were playing were, essentially, still their TV counterparts or close to them.
Kind of a "duh," if you really think about it.
Also, the green dress with the big waist sash and all the ric rac (when is the last time you saw THAT old word?) that Lucy wears in the film is also seen (in glorious B/W) ON I Love Lucy in a few episodes, too, most memorably in the Hollywood episode where Hedda Hopper appears. It is the one where Lucy agrees to fall in the hotel pool and Ricky jumps in to save her, all for publicity's sake. Not sure if that was a Helen Rose creation from Metro or an Elois Jensen (or Edward Stevenson) creation from the show. Most likely Lucy kept her MGM clothes and carried them over to the show.
|by Poor Grace||reply 47||10/07/2013|
R43 I would say that r42's point is that the studio they worked most at, and they knew so well, was the one they bought. They never bought MGM. Yes, they returned there, as stars, but RKO is where they both got their start in film - that must have been fun to start there as no one, and buy the whole place.
|by Poor Grace||reply 48||10/07/2013|
Gee R47 it's a shame to ruin such a pretty dress especially since it lasted a few years after the film.
Yes, it was a Helen Rose design and probably would bring in a few buck today.
|by Poor Grace||reply 49||10/07/2013|
[quote]ric rac (when is the last time you saw THAT old word?)
Last time I saw it, it was spelled "rickrack."
|by Poor Grace||reply 50||10/07/2013|
I was at the wonderful Debbie Reynolds Auction, in Beverly Hills, in July,2011 and watched as someone put a winning bid on the copper color coat & dress (with polka dot scarf) Lucy wore in the film - in fact, in the scene where Desi backs the trailer into her Aunt's home. It sold for $16,000.
|by Poor Grace||reply 51||10/07/2013|
Mr. Hollywood, were Ethel Mertz's gay harlequin style hostess pants purchased at the Debbie Reynolds Auction?
|by Poor Grace||reply 52||10/07/2013|
R52 And did they have the discussed, but never seen Robert Taylor orange?
|by Poor Grace||reply 53||10/07/2013|
"And this is poor cousin Grace!"
|by Poor Grace||reply 54||10/08/2013|
I'm watching it now. Poor Grace! What the heck is wrong with her?
|by Poor Grace||reply 55||04/02/2014|
I think Grace is quite shy!
|by Poor Grace||reply 56||04/02/2014|
I would love to know what has become of the items purchased at the Debbie Reynolds auction.
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|by Poor Grace||reply 59||04/02/2014|
I love this movie. It's like I Love Lucy in color, and outdoors. Such a 50's style time capsule. Only thing that would make it better would be Vivian Vance and William Frawley as Bethel and Ed Kurtz, a couple Tacy and Nicky keep running into - figuratively speaking - during their travels.
|by Poor Grace||reply 60||04/03/2014|