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WING DING- The Lucy Show

This musical scene was from the Lucy Show- 1965. The three men singing look like three PAUL LYNDES in training. And the next number they're all dressed like the male characters from Gilligan's Island.

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by Anonymousreply 54October 21, 2021 4:36 PM

Fun, thanks for posting.

by Anonymousreply 1October 15, 2021 12:06 AM

Four different guys. The first three are dancing just off camera.

by Anonymousreply 2October 15, 2021 12:18 AM

My God, when Lucy tried to "get down with all the kids" hilarity ensued

Even as a little kid this would make me cringe

by Anonymousreply 3October 15, 2021 12:26 AM

I liked that. The three lead dancers really worked.

Don't remember when but somewhere or other I've seen this show because the song was actually familiar.

I suspect this was the series Lucy was parodying.

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by Anonymousreply 4October 15, 2021 1:00 AM

Yes, it was a parody on Shindig. The shows always started like that

by Anonymousreply 5October 15, 2021 1:03 AM

Actually, the three male dancers look more like John Ritter in training.

by Anonymousreply 6October 15, 2021 1:05 AM

I'm scared by the fact I remember this stuff on TV.

by Anonymousreply 7October 15, 2021 1:13 AM

R4- I like your video too. My favorite time period for music, fashion , etc was the mid 1960's. Everything looked cool without the decadence one witnessed by 1968. When everything was infused with drugs and hippiness. 1964 to 1966 was COOL but restrained.

I was not in high school until the 1980's and I thought music and the culture were CRAP at the time.

by Anonymousreply 8October 15, 2021 1:54 AM

Great video. So 60s. Thanks for posting that.

by Anonymousreply 9October 15, 2021 2:19 AM

I enjoy early 60s TV because it was produced by older people who were totally bewildered and clueless about the younger generation. When they tried to parody pop culture it was always so cringe-inducing and off it's kind of endearing now.

by Anonymousreply 10October 15, 2021 4:08 PM

^ This, Lucy would always infiltrate a den of unruly teens and they would never suspect that she and Viv were elderly spies

by Anonymousreply 11October 15, 2021 4:33 PM

That middle Wing Ding homo dancer looks like Jack McBrayer.

by Anonymousreply 12October 16, 2021 12:18 AM

The guy says to Lucy, "When the song starts you take down the lyrics" WHAT THE FUCK? Why not just ask the guy who wrote it? Or the people singing it?

by Anonymousreply 13October 17, 2021 9:01 PM

The six bare feet are not much in sync. Is this because of the show or the fact they are supposed to be amateurs?

by Anonymousreply 14October 17, 2021 9:07 PM

R7 It happens to everyone if that is any consolation.

Btw, it's daytime, shouldn't you be resting in your coffin? :-)

by Anonymousreply 15October 17, 2021 9:10 PM

[quote] Why not just ask the guy who wrote it?

Cause then Lucy couldn't make puzzled and frazzled faces.

I've rewatched this a couple of times. I particularly enjoy the lead "singer" of the beehive hair girl group. Her two backup girls don't put in nearly the effort she did.

by Anonymousreply 16October 17, 2021 9:10 PM

Did Lucy's kids try to help her out with at the time current pop culture?

R10 the movie Skidoo is a perfect example of what you described.

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by Anonymousreply 17October 17, 2021 9:14 PM

The Lucy Show writers got really, really lazy. Every musical number that was a previously written song was 2-3 minutes of script they didn't have to write. The putting on a show plots write themselves, and a whole act of the actual script can be the show itself.

Why didn't Ball demand better scripts, even if she was just going to read her lines from the cards.

by Anonymousreply 18October 17, 2021 9:15 PM


They are the Court Barrens, the middle girl resembles Lucie Arnaz

by Anonymousreply 19October 17, 2021 9:17 PM

[quote]Why didn't Ball demand better scripts, even if she was just going to read her lines from the cards.

Most likely because the show was HIGHER rated when it lost Vance and moved to California. It ended its six year run at #2 for the year.

by Anonymousreply 20October 17, 2021 9:20 PM

The host was played by real life radio DJ Reb Foster, major gayface and clearly out of his element on TV.

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by Anonymousreply 21October 17, 2021 9:22 PM

Oh yes, R20 I'm well aware...to me it's all the more appalling because it's not like there was a money shortage. People were being paid top dollar, or at least very good money, and then these lazy scripts.

Would Lucy have been able to put over Neil Simon or Larry Gelbart's early tv work?

by Anonymousreply 22October 17, 2021 9:24 PM


I agree with you, but from Lucy's perspective, she didn't need better scripts, because they were bringing in the ratings.

by Anonymousreply 23October 17, 2021 9:25 PM

The real question is, which one of you wrote down the lyrics to the song? And please post them here.

by Anonymousreply 24October 17, 2021 9:29 PM

[quote] the middle girl resembles Lucie Arnaz

That-is an interesting thought but checking IMBD Lucie has eight Lucy Show credits in other episodes such as "Teenager Dancing in Convertible Backseat". She would have been credited here as well if it was she.

This clip comes from Lucy in the Music World (1965). So if she is still alive that hot dancer now is probably in a nursing home.

by Anonymousreply 25October 17, 2021 9:29 PM


Lucie always looked bigger and older than she was. I recall when Arnaz played a friend of Chris's, when the show was back in Danfield, she looked older than Candy Moore.

by Anonymousreply 26October 17, 2021 9:33 PM

R26- That video from June 1979 from the Tony Awards- They're Playing Our Song number. Lucie Arnaz was only in her 20's but she looked like someone who was WELL into her 30's. That being said Robert Klein was only 36 years old then. He looked at least 44 year old.

by Anonymousreply 27October 17, 2021 9:37 PM

I know this play and this video have barely been mentioned here on DL so I posted for everyone again.

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by Anonymousreply 28October 17, 2021 9:38 PM

Another great moment when 60s television tried to mimic teen culture and just didn't get it. I love Bob Mackie's ideas (jockey outfits??) for what rock 'n' rollers wore when they danced (I love even more the idea that this is a genuine rock 'n' roll song).

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by Anonymousreply 29October 17, 2021 9:40 PM

Everyone looks like they're going through a bipolar mental breakdown.

by Anonymousreply 30October 17, 2021 9:42 PM


I have a lot of respect for Lucie Arnaz, she defends her mother but will also criticize her when she feels it was deserved. She clearly loved Desi Sr a lot and must've been quite the daddy's girl.

I think she was a victim of lazy celebrity kid's disease. She clearly has talent but never seemed to want to do much with it.

by Anonymousreply 31October 17, 2021 9:42 PM

Lucy getting it on with the British Invasion.

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by Anonymousreply 32October 17, 2021 9:44 PM


This is just painful and it makes it really clear, Vicki Lawrence GOT LUCKY, very lucky.

by Anonymousreply 33October 17, 2021 9:44 PM

R29- Just NO

by Anonymousreply 34October 17, 2021 10:03 PM

r33: Perhaps, but you know, Vicki can sing a hell of a lot better than Beanie Feldstein.

by Anonymousreply 35October 17, 2021 10:06 PM

Clearly jockeys have big dicks as evidenced by the trouser bulges in R29.

by Anonymousreply 36October 17, 2021 10:12 PM


Look at Vicki's take on a Petula Clark song (granted the song wasn't great but it shows how lucky she was)

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by Anonymousreply 37October 17, 2021 11:22 PM

Carol's dress in the beginning of R37 is something else!

by Anonymousreply 38October 17, 2021 11:42 PM

Those guys at OP's link don't even have a credit on IMDB.

by Anonymousreply 39October 18, 2021 12:22 AM

The host / DJ is awful. He looks like he is unable to swing his arms, as the gal from Seinfeld was.)

by Anonymousreply 40October 20, 2021 3:36 PM

Patty Duke on WingDing! I mean Shindig.....I always thought this was a song about a gay guy who needed to break up with his "girlfriend".

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by Anonymousreply 41October 20, 2021 4:38 PM

R40- That guy in the Wing Ding piece was a DICK.

by Anonymousreply 42October 20, 2021 5:03 PM

Does anybody remember Lucie Arnaz singing "Polyethylene Pam" on The Lucy Show? It's burned into my brain.

by Anonymousreply 43October 20, 2021 8:36 PM

[quote]My God, when Lucy tried to "get down with all the kids" hilarity ensued

Exhibit B:

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by Anonymousreply 44October 20, 2021 8:39 PM


He was a good DJ in real life but clearly out of his element on TV

by Anonymousreply 45October 20, 2021 8:59 PM

[quote]Lucy getting it on with the British Invasion.

Twiggy makes an appearance at 1:19 in R32's link.

by Anonymousreply 46October 20, 2021 9:15 PM

@r44, See, I told you, those old folks sure knew how to outsmart those unsuspecting kids

by Anonymousreply 47October 20, 2021 9:25 PM

R44- Robbie ( Don Grady) from My Three ( WELL HUNG) Sons on guitar.

by Anonymousreply 48October 20, 2021 9:32 PM

I believe that the leader of the beehive girls is Barrie Chase. Sure looks like her.

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by Anonymousreply 49October 21, 2021 3:01 AM

All that exuberance from the dancers and ALL of them remained unknowns for the rest of their lives.

by Anonymousreply 50October 21, 2021 4:11 AM

I remember this episode. Cute, but as much as I always thought the dancers on the real '60s dance shows spoofed here were goofy, they were much better and enthused than the dancers used in this episode segment. Probably because Lucille yelled at them a lot in between scenes and, I bet, made them do like 27 takes.

by Anonymousreply 51October 21, 2021 4:54 AM

it was obviously synched later, because after the music is stopped, the dancers are still moving, you can see the music stopped, Lucy is clapping but the dancers are still going at it.

by Anonymousreply 52October 21, 2021 6:31 AM

I can't believe no one has decoded the lyrics yet.

by Anonymousreply 53October 21, 2021 6:31 AM

Gregg will.

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by Anonymousreply 54October 21, 2021 4:36 PM
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