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Lucy Calls the President

I just watched it on Amazon Prime. Absolutely fascinating. It was the show Vivian Vance made her first appearance after her stroke but that's minor. The entire show is one weird mashup of every Lucy gag. The writers, Davis and Carroll had grown so lazy that they started recycling jokes word for word. It becomes a game to remember which Lucy show a particular line or gag came from. An interesting change is that Lucy allowed them to give her the last name Whittaker, which conflicted with her tradition of having the "ar" sound in the last name. Lucy really isn't too bad and she's strangely not as annoying as she was during her later series. Gale Gordon is brought on to do Fred Mertz and he also isn't as much of a drag as he was as Mr. Mooney. The only one who really brings her A game is Mary Wickes who plays Lucy's aunt, although she was younger. Viv Is okay but it was a sad end to her career. The real bomb in the show is Ed McMahon who plays Lucy's husband, although he was a decade younger. His delivery is atrocious and he even has the "I'm not nervous" scene and stands up to reveal he forgot to put on his trousers. Even casual ILL fans know what will happen next. Lucy looks very nice, slim and well costumed and her skill becomes evident when she's given several names to recite and does it many times in the show. Even though it was clearly on cue cards, she does a good job with it. It was fun seeing them do the show on the "Maude" set. Overall, I think it's an interesting addition to the Lucy canon.

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by Anonymousreply 3902/22/2021

It looked awful, from that clip.

And wow did the booze and cigs really do a number on Lucy's voice. It turned so low and raspy.

by Anonymousreply 109/30/2019

Was just going to start a thread on this.

This clip alone makes me ... I don't know. Sad? (Yes I know MARY!!!!!!!) It's clear Viv is not well (I think she recently suffered a stroke, and maybe was suffering from the cancer that eventually killed her). And this was the last time Lucy and Viv appeared on screen together.

But what is also amusing is that, despite her illness, Viv looks and sounds fresher than Lucy ....

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by Anonymousreply 202/20/2021

And Gale Gordon remains as unfunny as ever

by Anonymousreply 302/20/2021

Funny that a second poster was wanted to start a thread on Lucy Calls the President. How random is that? Is it “trending” (hate that term) for some reason? Things like this are why I love coming here.

by Anonymousreply 402/20/2021

Loved Lucy...but always felt Vivian Vance was underrated and enjoyed the Lucy/Viv interplay

by Anonymousreply 502/20/2021

Poor Lucy. After Viv was gone, she missed her every day of her life.

by Anonymousreply 602/20/2021

Lucy got real hard real quick. Lucy and Viv's trademark "surprise jump" is just sad. You can't do the same comedy in your 60's as you can in your 30's. It just stops working at some point. I think it's the fluidity of movement you eventually lose.

I always felt like Vivian Vance was underrated as an actress, and truly, a nice, classy lady in real life. Shame she had a bad run of it with some terrible marriages and mental illness. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 702/20/2021

I haven't seen it since its network TV rerun, having watched it when it first aired, and remember nothing about it except Lillian Carter's cameo at the end and Lucy speaking funny because she broke a tooth on peanut brittle.

by Anonymousreply 802/20/2021

[quote]You can't do the same comedy in your 60's as you can in your 30's.

Hold my beer.

by Anonymousreply 902/20/2021

God, people looked so much older back then. Lucy, Viv and Gale were only in their 60s and they all looked like a modern 80something.

by Anonymousreply 1002/20/2021

What role did Mary Jane Croft play?

by Anonymousreply 1102/20/2021

r10 there's only so much tape in the world

by Anonymousreply 1202/20/2021

Lucy with that truck stop waitress voice.

by Anonymousreply 1302/20/2021

The booze and cigs really did a number on Lucy's voice and looks.

by Anonymousreply 1402/20/2021

[quote]What role did Mary Jane Croft play?

Desi's fluffer.

by Anonymousreply 1502/20/2021

I think this was Mary Jane Croft's last television appearance

by Anonymousreply 1602/21/2021

Sorry boys, I’m late to the party. Is this a TV movie?

by Anonymousreply 1702/21/2021

I think it was more of a "TV special" r17

by Anonymousreply 1802/21/2021

It was not done on the Maude set.

by Anonymousreply 1902/21/2021

For shame, r19.

by Anonymousreply 2002/21/2021

R19, they didn't even change the wallpaper in the kitchen. It was absolutely the same set.

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by Anonymousreply 2102/21/2021

Maude Findley's kitchen

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by Anonymousreply 2202/21/2021

Good eye r22

by Anonymousreply 2302/21/2021

These Lucy specials sound godawful, and I need to see every one of them.

[quote]Lucy Collins comes to Las Vegas to see Dean Martin perform at the newly-opened MGM Grand Hotel. When Lucy’s reservation falls through, she hears that Martin is doing a special show for employees and promptly gets herself hired. Naturally, Lucy causes chaos in each department she is transferred to: valet parking, cocktail waitress, Keno girl. But Lucy gets lucky when Dean Martin takes a liking to her and arranges a front row seat at his show.

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by Anonymousreply 2402/21/2021

I'm watching it now. It's... not good.

Lucy would have been great as a foil to Archie Bunker or Maude, but she hated those "topical" shows, so instead stuck to dated dreck like this.

by Anonymousreply 2502/21/2021

OK, they used the same kitchen. I didn't watch the piece of crap that far.

The living room is NOT from Maude.

by Anonymousreply 2602/21/2021

I read years ago that Lucy was offered a guest spot on the golden girls as rose’s cousin from st Olaf and she was close to doing it but ultimately passed.

by Anonymousreply 2702/21/2021

Gary...?

by Anonymousreply 2802/21/2021

[quote]Gary...?

Right, Gary Morton advised against it.

"Who wants to watch a show about a bunch of dykes living in a house in Miami ?"

by Anonymousreply 2902/21/2021

[quote]Lucy would have been great as a foil to Archie Bunker or Maude, but she hated those "topical" shows, so instead stuck to dated dreck like this.

It's too bad Lucy didn't move with the times, she could've done some interesting work. Instead she kept playing the wacky "Lucy" character for the rest of her career and of course it was so dated and she was too old. I've watched some "Life With Lucy" clips on Youtube and it was so embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 3002/21/2021

"Lucy Calls the President" is referred to by hardcore Lucy fans as "the last hurrah," the last time Lucy, Vivian, Gale, and Mary Jane worked together. So it has considerable sentimental value.

by Anonymousreply 3102/21/2021

Lucy couldn't move with the times the way Cloris Leachman did or even the way Mary Tyler Moore did (from the DVD Show to the MTM Show).

by Anonymousreply 3202/21/2021

It was kind of painful to watch Lucy as she got older and was still doing the same type of comedy. She looked embalmed and you were scared she was going to break a hip doing those pratfalls.

by Anonymousreply 3302/21/2021

[quote]It was kind of painful to watch Lucy as she got older and was still doing the same type of comedy. She looked embalmed and you were scared she was going to break a hip doing those pratfalls.

Tape up the face, slap on the wig, put her in a jewel-toned velour running suit and COMEDY MAGIC.

by Anonymousreply 3402/21/2021

And also on Life With Lucy, she was supposed to be a "health nut" when the ravages of booze and cigs were so obvious.

by Anonymousreply 3502/21/2021

Oh, r24, make sure you don't miss...

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by Anonymousreply 3602/21/2021

[quote]Tape up the face, slap on the wig, put her in a jewel-toned velour running suit and COMEDY MAGIC.

Marry me r34

by Anonymousreply 3702/22/2021

[quote]It was kind of painful to watch Lucy as she got older and was still doing the same type of comedy. She looked embalmed and you were scared she was going to break a hip doing those pratfalls.

I agree, r33. I don't think it helped that Lucy, essentially, could only "do" one type of comedy. Granted, she could do it very well. But she wasn't particularly versatile.

by Anonymousreply 3802/22/2021

I loved that clip. Better than anything today.

by Anonymousreply 3902/22/2021
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